MORE PLANES, MORE PILOTS: Fast-growing Asian and Middle Eastern airlines that have signed orders for hundreds of new airplanes now must find enough pilots to fly them.
SAFETY IN THE SKY: Asia is forecast to account for the bulk of global aircraft deliveries over the next two decades. It's also forecast to need the largest number of new pilots and the widening shortage of experienced staff is raising safety concerns.
COMING UP SHORT: the International Civil Aviation Organization forecasts Asia will need 229,676 pilots over the next two decades. In the most likely scenario, Asia will need about 14,000 pilots but has the capacity to train only about 5,000.