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NetJets to Boost Pilot Roster by 19 This Year

The new pilots are to be based in Columbus International Airport, Teterboro, West Palm Beach International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas Love Field.Woodbridge-based NetJets Aviation today said it would hire 450 pilots this year, a 19% jump over its current pilot staffing level. The private aircraft operator is seeking more pilots to meet growing demand for its core fractional aircraft, or shared ownership, business.

“We are looking for dynamic individuals who have the technical skills and training necessary to join our growing team,” said Gary Hart, NetJets’ vice president flight operations and director of operations. Last year, the Berkshire Hathaway company inked a new labor agreement that resulted in some of the highest salaries paid out in the industry.

The new pilots are to be based at Columbus International Airport in Ohio, Teterboro Airport, West Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas Love Field in Texas.

NetJets, which pioneered the fractional aircraft ownership concept in the 1980s, allows clients to purchase shares starting at $406,250 for a 1/16 interest, or roughly 50 hours of annual flying time, in a Hawker 400XP.

Last year, NetJets completed more than 300,000 flights to more than 140 countries. Founded in 1964 and formerly called Executive Jet, the company operates a fleet of more than 400 aircraft.