A Regional Express Saab 340. (Photo: Bidgee [CC BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons)

Australian REX Accuses Rivals of Stealing Pilots

Australian regional airline Regional Express, also known as REX, has accused domestic rivals Qantas and Virgin Australia of hiring large numbers of its pilots. In practices referred to as "rapacious", "selfish", and "irresponsible", REX has said that the two larger competitors have hired around 17 percent of its first officers and 56 percent of its captains over the past two years. According to REX, this sudden shortage of flight crew has caused disruptions such as last-minute cancellations and combinations of…