Sure there is a shortage! It will be even morse in 5-6 years. We are talking about qualified pilots. 14 thousands applications in the airlines does not mean that there is so much of them! 1/3 of them wont get in cause dont have four year degree. Some got DUI's, som are too old, some dont have all required certificates, soem wont pass first class medical, and so on.....
Majors will never have a problem with pilots, cause there is enough of them in regionals, but whet will regional do, when most of their pilots go to majors? And belive me, this will happened!!! "Vietnam" pilots are retiring right now, or will retire in 5-6 years. This is a lot of pilots!!
Is there any people on Airliners.com that came to USA to study aviation??? Say something people! I am in this situation now. I will graduate in near future and than what????
I think my girlfriend wont be happy about me and marriage with some girl from US.