WASHINGTON, November 16, 2017 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center’s announcement of an initiative to help non-pilot veterans become commercial pilots.
“Today’s announcement is a tremendous step in helping our nation’s veterans gain high-paying, high-quality jobs as commercial pilots. As the U.S. airlines continue to grow, demand for pilots is on the rise and this program will prove to be pivotal in filling those positions,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We look forward to welcoming those from the program into our network of passionate employees who operate the 27,000 flights each day that carry more than 2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.