Icelandair to lay off 24 pilots on MAX grounding; cancels hiring plans
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June 4, 2019 - by Victoria Moores for atwonline.com
Icelandair will lay off 24 pilots and will not be hiring 21 new pilots, because of the ongoing worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.
The Keflavik-based carrier has a total commitment for 16 MAXs, scheduled for delivery through 2021. "We have not made any changes to our order," an Icelandair spokeswoman told ATW.
She added that Icelandair had three Boeing 737 MAXs in operation when the type was taken out of service and was expecting to grow that fleet to nine this year.
"Unfortunately, we have had to end the employment of 24 pilots that joined Icelandair last autumn and had already started working as pilots on the Boeing 737 MAX before its suspension. In addition, a decision was made to cancel the plans of hiring 21 new pilots that have been in training on the MAX
See video below on the introduction of the first Boeing 737 MAX to Icelandair exactly a year ago on June 6, 2018
Introducing the Boeing 737 MAX: The New Way of Flying www.youtube.com