Regional Airline Pilot Demand Comparison

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The following is a comparison of the regional airlines in the website's database. Regional airlines along with the military have historically been the primary source of pilots for the self marketed carriers.

These models make a couple of important assumptions. The model is calculated off of the data on this website. The regional model relies mainly on attrition to the majors rather than internal retirements. The website use's information provided by our contributors to create forcasted fleet size's, which much like our mainline model determines an airlines need for pilots on a year by year basis.

An additional Note: Block hours flown by airline fleets have a drastic affect on the number of pilots needed this model does not directly take these block hours into account.

Aircraft Options were not included into this model, and exercise of those options would likely increase the amount of pilot’s demanded by these airlines.

Users will also notice the familiar current fleet growth and 1.4% growth projections after 2021. Those are not regional growth projections but mainline growth projections, that subsequently affect the hiring demand among the regional airlines.

This Page is Broken Down in Two Main Sections

  • Industry Airline Comparison
  • Combined Pilot Demand

Regional Industry Airline Comparison

These next two tables reflect the Seniority movement of a pilot hired off the street as of today for the next 10 years, based on current growth projections and the hiring model at the Mainline/Destination Carriers on this website. The first chart reflects what the Seniority Progression will look like if the industry holds to the 1.4% Fleet Growth rate after 2021, the second chart is the same chart with Website fleet projection after 2021.

Combined Pilot Demand

This section reflects total attrition to Mainline/Destination .

The following combines both of the previous numbers (Growth & Attrition) but does roll over the negative numbers from years that have negative staffing.

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