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Vietnamese aircrafts are scarce pilots

Wednesday - 20/02/2019 18:46
In order to compete for attracting personnel, pilots' wages at airlines are 15-20% different.
The impact assessment project was submitted to Vietnam Aviation Department (Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam) in 2018 by Vietnam Airlines showed that its number of pilots up to 2018 was 1,100, forecasted to be 1,293 by 2019. Thus, in one year this unit needs 193 additional personnel as pilots.

The project also forecasts that by 2020 Vietnam Airline's demand for pilots will reach 1,340, an increase of 240 pilots and by 2025 it will need 1,570 people. This is a quite large number in the context of the domestic market and the increasingly rare world of pilots.

Also in this report, the company said that for the A350 fleet is no source of recruitment, while the source from other crews used for training has been exhausted. With the A321 fleet, the company has not yet recruited. Therefore, the source of foreign pilots is limited because this resource prioritizes the selection of other Asian airlines.

A pilot who has worked for Vietnam Airlines revealed that after taking a leave from work, many firms invited him to work, even overseas, but he still could not accept the offer because he had not liquidated his contract. He also said that not only him but also many pilots are making airlines in Vietnam constantly offered higher salaries from many employers, 15-25% difference.

Because of difficulties in recruiting pilots, Vietnam Airlines is still recruiting basic pilot students. Sharing with VnExpress earlier, Mr. Duong Tri Thanh, General Director of Vietnam Airlines, said that the demand for pilots in the Vietnamese aviation market in particular and the world in general is getting less and less so that the plan to expand the network will be timely. In the next time, it will not slow down, the company continuously recruits and recruits foreign pilots to meet the demand despite high costs.

Also said difficulties in recruitment when expanding new networks such as South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia ..., Jetstar Pacific and Vietjet Air are hard to get enough pilots according to demand. Currently, the number of pilots in these firms is largely foreign due to limited domestic supply. Typically, Jetstar Pacific, foreign pilots account for 80%.

As a new airline "crowded" into the market, Bamboo Airways Company Limited (Bamboo Airways) also continuously posted pilots with attractive negotiated salary. However, until now, the company still has not enough numbers for the new fleet. Currently, on the recruitment website of the company is still recruiting the captain, vice president and many other positions.

Not only domestic airlines find it difficult to retain and recruit pilots, but in the world, many firms are also in serious shortage.

Indigo - a unit that accounts for more than 40% of the domestic market share of India has had 49 flights that could not take off on February 13 due to inadequate number of pilots. According to Bloomberg, the airline also announced it would cancel 30 flights a day until the end of February 2019. The cancellation will continue until March because the airline is adjusting its flight schedule.

China Airlines also encountered the same problem. The Chinese airline's flight crew went on strike and complained because of overloading, causing thousands of passengers to fall into the air at airports during the peak tourist season.

Not only in Asia and India but also in Europe and America to recruit pilots, firms have also experienced a long time. Many firms also have to hire businesses specializing in head hunting and also because of scarcity, the wages of many pilots tripled after only three years.

According to a recent Boeing report, the world aviation industry will need 790,000 new pilots by 2037. Meanwhile, at the Farnborough Air Show, Airbus estimates demand at 450,000 pilots by 2035.

Talking to VnExpress, an expert in the field of aviation acknowledged, not only in Vietnam but also the shortage of pilots in the world is increasingly threatening the aviation industry. Many employees at traditional airlines are gradually shifting to private airlines with higher salaries and attractive remuneration. Even more, many pilots who are good experts leave the company and  them training jobs to turn to drivers for private "VIP" customers at attractive salaries.

Therefore, according to him, airlines need to apply measures to cope with pilot shortages by investing in training facilities and recruitment programs, as well as subsidizing training costs for pilot students.

Around the world, many airlines have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to increase salaries and benefits for pilots, and American and European airlines are seeking to re-attract pilots who leave their jobs to drive for Airlines in the Middle East and Asia.

Australia's Qantas Airways invested $ 15 million in 2018 for its pilot training academy, while Emirates Airline opened its training center with a total investment of $ 270 million in 2017. 

Author: Translated by CoPhieuViet.Com

Source: Vnexpress newspaper

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