China is planning to raise the retirement age of pilots working with local airlines from 60 to 62 in 2021. The step is seen as part of its plan to help ease an acute shortage, said an AIN report.
According to Chinese state projections, the country’s airlines will require 5,000 pilots per year to meet the rapid expansion and growth of the local civil aviation industry.
Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) official Ma Lin told AIN that the number of pilots required by Chinese airlines increases every year as carriers expand their networks and fleets and build frequencies. “More Chinese are traveling out of the country on leisure due to its growing middle class,” Ma noted.
The world’s fastest-growing aviation market, China continues to attract foreign pilots with generous remuneration packages of as much as $310,000 a year for experienced captains with a current type rating. Some airlines offer tax-free salaries to outdo others.
Japan Airlines too raised the retirement age from 62 to 64 in 2004. However, the age was revised to 67 in February 2015 after receiving the approval from the Ministry of Transport.
Malaysia Airlines too raised the age from 55 to 60 in 2008 AirAsia has the retirement set at the age of 65.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines retirement was changed from 62 to 64 subject to the health of the pilot and approval from management.
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