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In Asia, jet orders highlight pilot gap

To keep up with growth, Asian airlines could need 229,676 pilots over the next two decades, up from 50,344 in 2010. To keep up with growth, Asian airlines could need 229,676 pilots over the next two decades, up from 50,344 in 2010. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)
By Kelvin Chan
Associated Press / December 2, 2011
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Fast-growing Asian and Middle Eastern airlines that have signed orders for hundreds of new airplanes now must find enough pilots to fly them. For safety-conscious travelers, that means sticking with the big, well-known airlines who can afford to lure the best staff as the scramble to fill the cockpit intensifies.

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