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What is the future of the airline industry for pilots?
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Monday, 18 June 2007 22:01

Hi Capt Lim,

Just after some information regarding the future of the Aviation industry. I am 19 and a student at a university on the Gold Coast, Australia and am looking to transfer into a Bachelor of Aviation degree. This will give me PPL and CPL qualifications as well as completed theory components of the ATPL.

There is only one query I have in commencing my path towards becoming an Airline Pilot. I am concerned as to the effects that the current environmental issues will have on the Airline industry.

In other words, with such a focus on a global reduction in fuel emissions and other environmental factors, will there be consequences for young pilots trying to break into the industry? Will there be a reduction in the number of pilots employed by the airline industry.

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Sean Keating

Hi Sean,


Yes, I know environmentalists (and “tree huggers”) are constantly reminding the world about the effect of fuel emissions – especially from jet engines - but that will not stop airplanes from flying for many years to come. So, should you take up a career in flying, there is still need for the pilot profession to fly the many future more fuel efficient planes.

Boeing has stated that the world*s jetliner fleet is expected to double over the next 20 years. It estimates that more than 17,000 new pilots will be needed each year just for the new planes that will be delivered from 2006 to 2025.

From Boeing*s forecast for pilots below, it appears that Oceania (from where you come from) would not require as many pilots as other regions. So, there is likelihood that there may be a reduction in the number of pilots employed by the airline industry in your area but that should not dissuade you from pursuing this career if you intend to move outside Australia.

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