1 week Flight to safety: How regional airlines are trying to stay aloft amid COVID-19 pandemic Inquirer
SINGAPORE --- The forecast a year ago was for the Asia-Pacific to continue to benefit from an aviation boom. Hirings were in full swing, with some airlines dangling attractive salaries and perks to woo pilots. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing projected that the region would need an additional 266,000 pilots over the next 20 years. Then,the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Airlines grounded their planes and pilots are now housebound. The global aviation industry shed more than 350,000 jobs in the past six months, and there is little sign the industry will return to former heights any time soon. The situation looks set to ... more