Airlines have struggled through staffing issues this year as more travelers took to the skies. As part of the effort to bring on enough staff to handle flights, Delta has also been hiring thousands of pilots. The company recently said it would begin interviewing active-duty military pilots to make conditional job offers up to two years before their retirement date. Previously, Delta made such offers six months before military pilots’ retirement date.
Delta also this year stopped requiring that pilots it hires as first officers have college degrees, part of a broader move by the company since 2020 to improve diversity by removing barriers for jobs. The company said 94% of its non-executive job openings filled externally last year did not require a college degree — including flight attendant positions.