Delta Air Lines officials say the company will hire 300 pilots starting in November.
The development marks the first pilot hiring since 2010 for Atlanta-based Delta.
Company officials say they will add 50 pilots per month from November through early 2014, then about 20 per month through September 2014.
Pilots who were previously furloughed will have first dibs on the positions, but not all are expected to return.
Pilots from Delta Connection carriers Compass and Endeavor Air are expected to fill some of the positions, along with experienced pilots from elsewhere such as other regional carriers and the U.S. military.