Articles tagged “pilot shortage”

Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is funny, right? Less than a decade ago, Mesa Air Group filed for bankruptcy and investors lost out. But now the airline, with the same CEO, wants investors to give it another chance. Will they bite? Or do they have long memories?

4 months ago

Airline Bosses Worldwide Face 5 Top Worries in 2018

Airline Bosses Worldwide Face 5 Top Worries in 2018

Angus Whitley, Kyunghee Park and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

As the International Air Transport Association gathers for a conference in Sydney, industry executives worry about jet fuel prices, among other looming challenges. But fret not. Most carriers have the financial wherewithal to cope with what's likely ahead.

6 months ago

Emirates to Face Pilot and Crew Shortages This Summer

Emirates to Face Pilot and Crew Shortages This Summer

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

To be clear, Emirates isn't unusual here. The entire airline industry is forecast to need more than 25,000 new pilots a year for the next couple of decades to keep up with demand and a workforce that is retiring. One way to address the shortfall would be to (cough, cough) pay pilots more.

7 months ago

U.S. Pilot Shortage Claims a Casualty: Will More Airlines Shut Down?

U.S. Pilot Shortage Claims a Casualty: Will More Airlines Shut Down?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Great Lakes Airlines is essentially going out of business. The Regional Airline Association is using this as a chance to lobby politicians to relax requirements on pilot training. But that's probably not necessary. There's reason to believe the Great Lakes situation was unique.

8 months ago

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Qantas' new pilot academy may address the airline’s needs, but won’t solve an imbalance which has already seen regional Australian airlines cancel and reschedule services. Meanwhile, the government has bowed to pressure and will again grant temporary visas to pilots after scrapping them last year.

8 months ago

Qantas Is Opening a Training School to Deal With Pilot Shortage

Qantas Is Opening a Training School to Deal With Pilot Shortage

Angus Whitley , Bloomberg

Airlines are finally realizing that to cope with the global pilot shortage they are going to have to do more training themselves.

9 months ago

The Airline Industry Desperately Needs More Pilots

The Airline Industry Desperately Needs More Pilots

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Airlines really need to step up their training programs if they are to avert the looming crisis.

9 months ago

United Mulls Investing in Regional Carrier ExpressJet

United Mulls Investing in Regional Carrier ExpressJet

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

United's the only one of the three major U.S. global network airlines that does not own at least one regional airline. That sometimes puts United at a disadvantage. Investing in ExpressJet may help United improve its position, though in recent years, ExpressJet has been among the least profitable regional operators.

11 months ago

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Executives at regional airlines — such as United Express, American Eagle and Delta Connection — tend to dislike newish rules requiring first officers to have 1,500 flight hours before they can fly for a larger commericial airline. But let's not forget this rule was implemented for a reason. We need experienced pilots.

1 year ago