2017 will be huge for pilot recruitment. 2016 was pretty darn good in itself.
But if you think it ends there, you would be wrong.
In October and November alone we had 14 major airlines recruiting in the Asia Pacific region, not to mention the Middle East and USA.
So if you are thinking about getting your first flying job in General Aviation – now is the time.
If you are thinking about taking the next leap to the Regional Turbo Props or Jets, now is the time.
In my 16 years in the aviation industry I have never seen so much movement and so many opportunities. I predict an increase in openings in early 2017 on the GA scene as pilots currently in GA roles will move to the Second Officer and First Officer roles in Asia, The Middle East, Australia, The Pacific and New Zealand.
Other influences will be the Cadet/Trainee Programs opening for Cathay Pacific, Qantaslink, REX and Jetstar. These will attract low hours pilots across the region.
Airline gossip indicates that Qantas Mainline, Tiger, Virgin AUS/NZ, Jetstar, Qantaslink, Emirates and Air New Zealand are all short of pilots and some airlines may need in excess of 100 – 150 hires each.
We are also seeing improving terms for pilots wanting to fly in China, USA and Japan, so take a close look at those opportunities more closely.
You might be thinking, where do I start? Well, there are few things every pilot should consider, so ask us, our team are here to help you at every stage of your career.
(Without Prejudice – All content is opinion based and garnered from general pilot feedback and industry experience, it in no way reflects the recruitment plans of any airline(s) mentioned.)