30 August 2013
Boeing predicts that airlines will need to hire 498,000 new commercial pilots by 2032 in addition to 556,000 new maintenance technicians, as airline companies expand their fleets. The projected increase is greater than Boeing had previously indicated and is driven in large part by airlines’ interest in single-aisle aircraft. Other variables include the retirement of thousands of pilots this year and new rules from the FAA that require more training and rest between flights. Meanwhile, analysts predict the shortage will be felt most by regional carriers that operate half of the USA’s scheduled flights. (Image Credit: American Airlines)
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