Recently, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has announced about its decision to prolong the duty-free import of passenger aircraft into Russia until the 1st of January, 2017. The new rules, unlike their previous edition, also apply to such aircraft types as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 in various modifications. As a result, the share of the Western-built aircraft in the expanding fleet of regional carriers (around 70 percent of which already consists of foreign-built airplanes), is expected to become even larger, naturally raising the demand for qualified and experienced pilots. However, the industry experts warn about an even more pressing area of concern in the region - the potential shortage of appropriately trained technical personnel.View more
The ever-growing competition among low-cost carriers in the Asia Pacific region is one of the main attributes of the regional air transportation industry. The largest share of the market is currently occupied by two main players – AirAsia and Lion Air. While the orders of the former have already turned it into the largest customer of the Airbus A320 Family, the expansion plans of the latter will secure it the status of the world’s largest Boeing 737 NG operator. With the rivalry of the Malaysian and the Indonesian carriers showing no signs of decreasing any time soon, one cannot help but wonder who will pilot the spurring fleets.
As the aviation industry has been developing along the years, technological improvements are among those factors, which have allowed airlines to expand around the globe without significant safety deterioration. Moreover, The ICAO statistical data indicates that during the last few years the overall global aviation accident rate was the lowest since the organization began tracking it in 2006. However, today, when many new pilots have been “cultivated” in and surrounded by the digital realm, can the technology be really trusted and fully relied on?View more
Despite the concentrated efforts on making expatriation easier and more convenient, the number of failing assignments abroad has not changed significantly over the years. Based on numerous studies, China is the third country according to the number of incoming expatriates who report critical difficulties and fail to complete their assignments. Moreover, the number of pilots even considering the possibility of working for Chinese carriers does not seem to grow at a pace needed to fill in the increasing number of open positions. AviationCV.com has decided to approach industry representatives and discuss the main issues behind the pilots’ reluctance to accept Chinese carriers’ tempting offers.View more