The pilots problem has been shifted front and centre for airlines over the past month. From Ryanair’s very public problems – which seems to have resulted in the loss of COO Michael Hickey, who resigned yesterday – to pilot industrial action that has crippled Avianca (see Americas News below). The pilot shortage is not a new problem – manufacturers and analysts have been warning airlines for a decade or more of a growing gap in the supply of pilots to cope with demand as new aircraft deliveries ramp up. Boeing’s latest pilot forecasts that the Asia Pacific region will require

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