Qatar Airways has told some pilots made redundant during the coronavirus crisis that they should apply to rejoin the airline as it plans to increase services.
In a letter to “former crew colleagues”, seen and reported by Sky News, the airline said it is “now looking to restart recruitment activities to adequately resource our Boeing operations, and would like to invite you to re-join the airline at the earliest opportunity”.
It’s a rare sign of positivity in an industry hard hit by the pandemic which, despite the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in countries like the UK, faces severe restrictions for many months to come.
The move is likely to reignite concerns airlines are quick to jettison staff during a crisis only to rehire them at a later date – potentially on worse terms and conditions.
Rebuilding Network, Says Qatar
Qatar – one of a number of Gulf-based airlines that were growing fast before the coronavirus pandemic hit – says it is rebuilding its global network and will actually extend the carriers’ Boeing fleet.
The airline is calling back Boeing 777 and 787-trained pilots who were made redundant in the last year as the scale of the crisis became apparent and passenger numbers collapsed for airlines worldwide.