Asia Dominates in the Top 5 Best Places In The World To Work As A Pilot
There are times in our lives where we choose the next step we will make. Your professional career is also like that – early on in our lives, we try to set it up for the best possible outcome in the future. A Pilot career is no exception. Choosing the right flight school, line training program and the correct location to kick-start your career is crucial to succeeding in the future.
Everybody knows that to become a pilot you need to have a quite hefty sum of money in your pocket. Flight schools, hour building programs are an expensive commodity. So making back the money is an important aspect when choosing the right Pilot career path.
On the other hand, commercial aviation is thriving – the best airlines in the world are posting record profit and passenger numbers. But as airline numbers rise, so does the demand for new pilots. In the past, the biggest airlines in the world like Emirates or American Airlines were forced to cancel flights because of pilot shortages.
And it seems like airlines, no matter low-cost or legacy, they seem to agree on one thing. There is a massive shortage of professionals in the cockpit.
But some regions are more thriving than others, thus airlines offer pilots the best conditions possible.
So, a question stands.
When choosing the next move in your pilot career, which places in the world is the easiest and the best to find work as a pilot?
1. The Middle East
The region is becoming a synonym for luxurious air travel. Airlines, such as Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are competing against each other to provide the best service possible.
Additionally, the Middle East is becoming a dominant force in the business world. More and more passengers travel to and from the region for various reasons.
So, the demand for air travel is here. But carriers in the Middle East are adding more and more aircraft to their fleet. These new aircraft require crews to operate them.
And in order to supply the demand for pilots, Middle Eastern airlines are offering pilots wonderful career opportunities and working conditions. Attractive salary packages, excellent roster and travel options are almost guaranteed if you work in an airline located in the Middle East.
2. East Asia
If the Middle East is booming with air travel, then East Asia is exploding (not literally). Countries in East Asia, namely China, Japan and South Korea are striving. Their airlines are also regarded as one of the best in the world, with China’s Hainan Airlines and Japan’s All Nippon Airways making the best airlines in the world lists yearly.
If the Middle East lifestyle is not your cup of tea, you definitely cannot go wrong with a Pilot career in East Asia. Airlines here are also struggling to fill their cockpits, thus they offer excellent terms in their contracts with pilots.
Additionally, a lot of airlines in the region still fly the Boeing 747, meaning you might still grab an opportunity to work in the cockpit of the Queen Of The Skies!
3. South-East Asia
The region to the south of East Asia, I guess there that is the reason why it‘s called South East Asia.
Anyways, terrible jokes aside, the region is home to various countries, cultures and airlines. Most notably, Singapore Airlines. If Middle East airlines are synonymous with luxury, then Singapore Airlines literally define luxurious air travel. Singapore Airlines alone makes the whole region more interesting to work in as a pilot. They have the longest non-stop scheduled flight between Singapore and Newark, their main hub, Singapore Changi Airport is regarded as one of the best, if not the best airports in the world and take good care of their employees too.
But enough about Singapore Airlines, as South-East Asian airports welcome other, world-class carriers. Namely, such airlines as Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, EVA Air and one of the worlds Airbus A380 operators Thai Airways.
South-East Asia’s low-cost carriers such as Scoot, the airline famous for its fantastic liveries Nok Air and Jetstar Asia are also known for their top-notch service.
But to be the best as an airline, you not only need to provide excellent customer service but equally take care of your employees. And the carriers in the South East Asia region are known around the world to provide the best conditions for your Pilot career.
Sure, this might shock some, but there is a good reason why India is on this list.
Let me explain why. India as a country is huge. Not only in the total area, but in population as well. In other words, the potential market and potential profits that lie there are astronomical. There are three reasons why the aviation industry in India will realize its potential.
Firstly, the current growth rates are insane. According to IATA, since the early 2010s, the Indian aviation market has doubled its passenger numbers from 78 million to 158 million. Destination count from Indian airports has tripled – in 2018, you could board a plane and get to 300 airports around the world. Just 10 years ago, the same number was three times lower – 100.
Secondly, the Indian economy is growing. Growth means that consumers have more disposable income which they can spend on flights. This further attributes to the fact that the Indian aviation industry is set to grow. Additionally, international businesses are already investing heavily in the country. Meaning that not only Indians will travel more – international business travellers will travel more to India.
And thirdly, the Indian government is heavily helping in developing the aviation industry. They have launched the UDAN-RDCS project. The main purpose of this project is to further develop regional airports. In addition, the Indian government wants to help airlines create more regional routes within the country.
Anyways, while India might not be on par with, for example, the Middle East just yet, but the saying early bird gets the worm perfectly illustrates the situation at hand right here. If you get in before everybody else, you will reap the benefits later on.
We might be a little biased, but Europe is one of the most wonderful regions to work in as a pilot.
Not only the whole continent is absolutely stunning with various sights and attractions to see from above, but one of the best benefits of working here is that you can kick-start your pilot career easily.
Especially with so many low-cost carriers present, as they seem to be thriving at the moment. There are multiple reasons to work for a low-cost carrier like Ryanair, but essentially, if you are a pilot with not a lot of experience, low-cost carriers are a perfect place to gain more experience and stack up the flying hours.
And when you have gained enough flying hours to advance your career further, the biggest airlines, like Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM and many more are just next door.