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Piedmont Airlines adding 300 Charlotte jobs

A USAirways Airbus A319 painted to salute the heritage of Piedmont Airlines, one of the predecessor airlines that made up US Airways – which is now American Airlines. Observer file photo.
A USAirways Airbus A319 painted to salute the heritage of Piedmont Airlines, one of the predecessor airlines that made up US Airways – which is now American Airlines. Observer file photo. Courtesy US Airways

Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, said Tuesday that it plans to add 300 new jobs in Charlotte this year.

The airline operates regional flights on smaller jets for American Airlines. Piedmont was the original airline that made Charlotte Douglas International Airport a hub, before it was acquired by US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in 2013.

“We are increasing our staff by 25 percent, which is by far the biggest expansion we’ve had in Charlotte,” said Ernie Taylor, regional hub director. The regional airline currently employs about 1,200 workers in Charlotte, where it handles ramp operations and regional customer service for 335 daily departures for American.

Piedmont said the decision is a result of American’s move to operate larger regional aircraft to and from Charlotte. The airline is replacing 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 jets with 76-seat CRJ-900s. That requires more local personnel to handle baggage and other ground operations.

You can find more information about available positions online at http://piedmont-airlines.com/careers. Piedmont is hiring entry-level positions as well as managers.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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