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Boeing Projects Pilot Shortage, 41K New Planes by 2036

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Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 10:47 PM

Over the next two decades, 87 new pilots need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner every day — one every 15 minutes — to meet air-travel demand, CNN Money reported.

It is a staggering goal.

According to the outlet, Boeing predicts passenger and cargo airlines around the world will buy 41,000 new airliners between 2017 and 2036 — and will need a total of 637,000 new pilots to fly them.

But it might not match the numbers of pilots leaving the profession.

One forecast predicts 42 percent of active U.S. airline pilots at the biggest carriers will retire over the next 10 years — or about 22,000 pilots, which exceed the active U.S. regional airline pilots corps of 19,000, CNN Money reported.

The crunch is already being felt.

Horizon Air, the regional arm of Alaska Airlines, said it was canceling 6 percent of its schedule — more than 300 flights — from August to September because it does not have the pilots. And Republic Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2016 in part because of a lack of pilots, CNN Money reported.

There is a plan to ease the shortage, but it faces an "uphill political battle" in Washington, CNN Money reported.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has submitted an amendment to alter the rule that requires both pilots and copilots to have 1,500 hours of flight experience before flying a commercial airliner. Under the proposal, pilots trained in the military need to only have 750 hours, 1,000 if from a four year school and 1,250 from a two-year college.

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Over the next two decades, 87 new pilots need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner every day — one every 15 minutes — to meet air-travel demand, CNN Money reported.
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