US$300,000 Pilot Jobs Drying Up in China With Boeing MAX Grounding
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December 17, 2019 - by Angus Whitley for bloomberg.com
- 737 Max Crisis has reduced the need for foreign pilots
- Demand for overseas Airbus skippers in China is unabated
Expatriate pilots flying Boeing Co.'s most popular plane for Chinese airlines used to be able to take their pick from dozens of jobs paying US$300,000 plus perks thanks to a shortage of experienced aviators there.
The grounding of the 737 Max has changed that.
Chinese carriers have largely stopped hiring foreign pilots for Boeing's main narrow-bodied jet, nine months after two crashes led to the grounding of the best-selling 737 Max, according to recruitment agencies.
Airlines in China's booming aviation market had been among the most enthusiastic buyers of the plane, accounting for 20% of a global fleet that now sits idle.
Chinese airlines still pay above-market wages but...
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