Southwest orders 100 Boeing 737 Max, recalls 209 pilots

Washington, April 6, (dpa-AFX/GNA) - Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), has recalled 209 pilots from their extended vacation programs, driven by the worldwide travel ban during the pandemic, back to the office.

The Texas-based airlines company has also ordered 100 Boeing 737 Max planes as the company prepares for post-pandemic recovery.

With more and more people getting vaccinated, the airline industry is eyeing a rebound in business in the coming days.

Apart from Southwest, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have also followed suit.

United Airlines have also announced a plan of hiring 300 pilots in the coming days.

However, the pilots will have to go through training schedules and requalification processes before being allowed to fly with passengers.