American Airlines announced plans to hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years, the first time the carrier has hired pilots since 2001. "Today marks an important step toward a bright future at the new American," said Capt. John Hale, American's vice president of flight. AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, also reported earnings of $71 million in August. Airlines for America Senior Vice President Jean Medina noted that AA's hiring boost is a win for airline customers. "When airlines are able to earn a profit, even a modest one, they historically have been able to add jobs, invest in their products, invest in technology, and buy new planes ... and all of that is great news for customers," said Medina.