by B. N. Sullivan
US Airways has announced plans to add 500 crew members to its active work force in 2011. The carrier will expand its flight attendant work group by 420, and will add 80 pilots to its ranks.
The expansion will begin with the recall of furloughees. If the positions are not filled by those currently on furlough, US Airways plans to recruit new crew members.
Following the recall, US Airways expects to have no more flight attendants on furlough. Up to 100 pilots may remain on furlough.
In a statement to the press, US Airways President Scott Kirby said, "This is great news for our workforce and the communities we serve. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues back to US Airways, and bringing new crew members onto the team."
US Airways plans to have both the new hires and those who are recalled flying the line by July of 2011.