Pilot shortage

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  • Swissdiver

    It seems it is good to be a pilot nowadays…

    Emirates Could Store 45 Planes In Coming Weeks Due To Pilot Shortage


    Emirates have brought this pilot-shortage on themselves. The inferior working conditions have caused many pilots to leave. Many airlines are offering much more attractive contracts and working conditions. Emirates arrogance has caused them to lose sight of the pilot market. They are now faced with massive flight cancellations. A repeat of the Ryanair pilot shortage horrors.


    My 14 year old will shortly learn to fly – though he might be a tad young for Emirates?
    However, for as long as I can remember there have always been a shortage of pilots, what with airlines expanding and freight carriers such as DHL, UPS etc building up their fleets. Interestingly schools in Switzerland (at least in Ticino) are now offering the chance of apprenticeships for would be pilots .


    Aer Lingus has pilot training for unqualified students to co-pilot their A320 aircraft.
    Well almost, they require university entrance standard or an aviation apprenticeship so atleast they’re thinking ahead!


    As openfly will attest, the industry is cyclical and demand varies over time.

    At the top of the market, established pilots have a choice of where to work and are a mobile workforce.

    Going back 5 years, it is interesting to read about salaries at the regional airlines in the US, where there was an over supply of people wanting to get into the industry.

    The U.S. Airline Pilots Who Barely Make Minimum Wage

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