American plans to start recruiting new pilots this fall. It’s in the process of hiring 1,500 new flight attendants.
A large number of working pilots are hitting a new mandatory retirement age of 65. The age was raised from age 60 a little more than five years ago.
American earned $71 million in August, after losing $82 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 7 percent to $2.34 billion.
American is seeking to exit bankruptcy protection in a merger with US Airways, but first it needs to get past an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department. A trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 25.