Airbus doubles its pilot training capacity due to high pilot demand
The European aircraft maker acts accordingly to its own market forecasts, acquiring a pilot school in the USA
Airbus acquires Strategic Simulator Solutions, a pilot school located in Colorado, Aurora, in order to face the upcoming huge pilot demand
When two bitter rivals such as Airbus and Boeing arrives to the same conclusion, you better listen. However, the two aircraft giants have been warning governments and aeronautic authorities around the globe of an upcoming world pilot shortage, to little avail. Now Airbus has putted its wallet where its mouth is, doubling its pilot training capacity trough the acquisition of the North American pilot school Strategic Simulator Solutions.
With this acquisition, Airbus has doubling down on its own forecasts, wanting to profit from the incoming pilot drought, for it seems that the pilot training world is bound to be ill equipped to face it: the United States will need 122.000 new pilots in the next 17 years, while according to AESA, Spain will need to outright multiply X5 its pilot training capacities in order to meet the world’s demand for pilots, fueled by a 4,5% yearly growth of air traffic until the year 2035.