I’d like to think this is an obvious question, but the Airline industry is a complex one, so without checking out any more of ATP’s website bar graphs, web articles, or Youtube videos on the topic, I’m now going to ask you, the actual Pilots about what your thoughts on the future pilot shortage are:
Are the Major Airlines struggling, or beginning to struggle to find enough qualified Pilots to meet the demand in the U.S today, or is it really just the regionals, and not so much the majors that are currently struggling to maintain a fair quantity of qualified pilots?
I ask this because there are different statistical sources out there that are throwing around different numbers of Pilots that will be reaching mandatory retirement, the most common number i’m seeing is roughly 15,000 by 2026 in the United States (ten years from now give or take). I look at some of these statistics and get exited thinking, “wow this industry is really going to need me in the future!”
But I wanted to run this by with all of you, because I don’t want to have my hopes too high thinking i’m just going to waltz in from the regionals to the major airlines 8-10 years from now when I start training next year. I understand how competitive getting employed on a major airline as a pilot can be, and that nothing is 100% guaranteed. But is it likely that the application process will be far less competitive when considering the future Pilot shortage, in other words, will my generation of Pilots have a much easier time getting employed by the majors?
Feel free to correct my statistical statements above if they’re wrong, and any other facts you know that I didn’t ask about above or should be aware of concerning the shortage. I noticed you guys already answered the pilot shortage question to someone else, except they seemed to be more interested in loans, salaries, benefits. So i’m only asking about the shortage itself, and the pros and cons it will have for the actual pilots in the future.