Tue, Jan 11, 2005
Worried About The Future, Flight Cadet? Analysts Say...
Pilot recruitment on the part of the airlines was better last
year than in 2003 -- but still not great. But take heart. At least
some of the people who watch the people who hire people in this
business say things are looking up.
"We were setting all-time highs and all-time records a couple of
years back, but then 9/11 happened and the industry started having
problems," said UAL Captain Kit Darby in an interview with the
Chicago Tribune. Darby also runs Aviation Information Resources.
"But recovery from all that has bottomed out and now we are back on
Darby, like most of the industry, sees the numbers for what they
are (see graphic). After a robust 2000, 9/11, SARS and a world
recession pushed down hiring figures in the airline industry. Since
2002, however, the industry has started to recover -- a recovery
Darby projects will continue this year.
"Even though times aren't best right
now, the job market is good right now," Darby told the Tribune.
"The best the commercials are doing in a year is about 1,000
hirings. In a peak year, it was 5,000."
But Be A Pilot Foundation President and CEO Drew Steketee says,
if you're thinking about getting into the aviation business, don't
focus solely on the airlines.
"There are more opportunities out there than an airline," he
said. "There have been lots of ups and downs, but there has been
hiring in 2004. There are jobs out there."
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