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Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:15 pm

Something that was said in this other thread got me wondering.
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Quoting Drinkstrolley (Reply 16):
Quoting RobK (Reply 6):
The distinctive Irish accent is always heard on the radio as they leave BFI.

My mate flies for Ryanair, he's German. Or does he have to put on a Irish accent when he's at work?

Now that so many airlines are popping up around the world and others like Ryanair, Southwest and Easyjet are still expanding.
Will there be enough pilots and cabin crew to staff all these airlines?
As for some airlines this must be the limiting factor as they have clearly got enough money to purchase aircraft.

The days where airlines are just staffed with people from their home country are over. For instance on my last flights with Easyjet I had 2 British pilots, 1 French and 1 Dutch.

What do you lot think?
 
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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:21 am

We have it already. Etihad has or had big problems finding pilots for their B-777 and I read in the last issue of Aero International that due to the big boom in China/India there's also a lack of pilots to come soon.

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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:24 am

Do you think by 2011 the latest and I have all my raitings and ranks that I have a great chance of being hired by the Airlines?
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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:26 am

Quoting CRGsFuture (Reply 2):
Do you think by 2011 the latest and I have all my raitings and ranks that I have a great chance of being hired by the Airlines?

I suppose that depends on where you want to work! It seems the airlines expanding the most are in the Middle East and Asia.
 
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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:33 am

There are so many variables that play into that, and the airline industry is highly endogenous to what happens around the world. So the airlines hiring could be great or could be horrible... it's a tossup.
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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 3:46 am

In a way... It would be good cause it would make my life much easier... I wont have to try as hard to become a pilot!
But on the other hand.. it is very possible, as there is a higher demand of travellers whom are wanting to fly instead of taking the Train, Bus, or Car.
Likewise in Canada we need the competition to lower the insanely high prices on some of our favourite domestic destinations as the current prices are pretty high. For example.... YYZ-YUL-YYZ around $450.00 return... now that is ridiculous for a 1h15minute flight.
So... If there are more airlines and less pilots .. i guess it would be alright!!!
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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:06 am

No, beware of anyone who claims otherwise. He is probably trying to sell you something. Mr. Darby, are you listening?

It is more a question of will airlines be willing to hire from the pool available. While there may be a short supply in some parts of the world, there is an abundance in other parts. The question becomes one of will the airlines facing the shorting be willing to pay enough to attract from those areas with the glut.
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RE: Will There Be A Shortage Of Pilots In The Future?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:11 am

I hope so. I'm not spending £30K for nothing !!!.

The way things are going and all the predictions seem to suggest that there will be a huge global shortage, this is beginning to be seen already but the airlines are still doing sweet FA about it.

Some are still charging paople just to have CV's looked at, and to be interviewed, and making them pay for their own uniforms - how different it will be in the next couple of years !!!.

India has had to lift their restriction on only Indian Nationals being able to fly a/c as they cannot get enough pilots, China also cannot get enough, same in the Middle East too. Airlines in Europe also have hundreds of a/c on order, and need pilots to fly them. Only place that is in decline is the USofA, but pilots are 10 penny over there anyway.

IIRC the figures work out at 9 pilots for every short haul a/c, and 12 for every long haul a/c - you look at the orders and do the maths, baring in mind the number of pilots due to retire and the fact that there are only a few thousand people qualifying each year as commercial pilots.

There are a lot of pilot jobs out there if you are prepared to work anywhere and fly anything - something a lot of people are not prepared to do - they want to be based close to home and fly big shiny jets straight out of flight school which is just not a realistic attitude to have.

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