Greenwich, CT, May 9, 2011 – CitationAir is proud to announce today that it has extended an invitation to all of the pilots it had placed on furlough during the economic downturn to return to work.
CitationAir placed 85 pilots on furlough in 2009 in order to right-size the business and be in line with customer demand during the recession, consequently cutting the company’s pilot force down to 307 people. As of today, all of the company’s furloughed pilots have been offered a recall. Of those 85 pilots, 53 have returned to CitationAir, bringing the company’s pilot force up to 334.
“CitationAir has made strides in the past couple of years not only to survive the recession, but to grow the business afterward — a feat of which we’re very proud,” CEO Steve O’Neill said. “In doing so, CitationAir is the only company in the private jet marketplace to have offered a recall to 100 percent of its pilots after a furlough. Our ability to offer a recall to all of our furloughed pilots is just one of many examples of how much we honor our workforce, our company, and the value we’re able to provide our customers.”
The pilot recall is one in a list of major efforts CitationAir has made in the past few years to persevere during and after the economic downturn. The company reorganized and conducted an award-winning rebranding campaign in 2009, added more programs to its customer offerings in 2010 and 2011, and will announce several expansion plans later this year.
CitationAir is an industry leader offering individuals and businesses the advantages of private jet travel through its innovative programs, including Jet Card, Jet Access, Jet Shares, Jet Management and Corporate Solutions products. CitationAir flies Cessna’s popular Citation aircraft exclusively — the Citation CJ3, Citation XLS, Citation Sovereign and Citation X — which are serviced and maintained at the factory-level. CitationAir operates one of the youngest fleet of aircraft in the industry by highly trained pilots, setting the standard for superior customer service. CitationAir’s parent company is Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company. More information about CitationAir and its offerings are available at www.citationair.com.