MacAir has recently hired 21 new pilots and flight attendants, to help accommodate continuing strong growth in the State’s regional markets.The airline has just recruited 13 new flight attendants and eight additional pilots, and is seeking more aircrew to meet ongoing strong demand for Queensland air services.
MacAir General Manager Kevin Gill, said, “Most MacAir services in the Gulf of Carpentaria have now been upgraded from 19-seat Metroliner aircraft to the larger SAAB 340Bs, while the ATR42-500 is now replacing SAAB 340Bs between Townsville and Mt Isa, as well as flying contract services for mining companies.”
Of the 13 additional cabin crew who have joined MacAir, most have just completed their training and recently commenced flying, many on additional SAAB 340B services on the Gulf routes or on the new ATR aircraft.
To supplement direct hiring, the airline has a cadet program which has so far inducted more than 50 trained young professional pilots to the airline.
“Many of the destinations that MacAir operates to, including remote communities in the Gulf and western regions of Queensland, are multi-stop and are challenging on both aircraft and our people. MacAir therefore places special emphasis on careful management of both our equipment and human resources to ensure that we are able to continue to service our customers” Gill said.
The current modern MacAir fleet of 11 aircraft includes the SAAB 340B and new generation ATR42-500 series.