In another sign of the pilot shortage that some say isn’t – Republic Airways announced that it is working with its partners to cut flying because it can’t staff its flights. The impact on any one carrier is likely to be small as its fleet is divided up amongst the majors (57 airplanes for American, 58 for US Airways, 66 for United and 71 for Delta). However, the impact on Republic is dramatic. It’s blaming a combination of events including the 1,500 hour rule change, FAR 117 – which is blames for a 5-7% productivity hit and its pilot union blocking disproportionate pay changes to attract new hires. Overall, it’s a tough time for the regionals and this isn’t likely the last one that we will see.
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