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Airlines' pilot search takes off

By Yang Jian  (Shanghai Daily)

08:55, November 29, 2011

Chinese civil airlines have begun massively recruiting and training pilots among university graduates in the wake of pilot shortages that have hindered the development of the country's airlines.

Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines yesterday launched a campus recruitment campaign at Shanghai Jiao Tong University to recruit more than 100 pilots from graduates from local universities. "The graduates will become the reserve forces for the airline's pilot team with an increasing number of passenger planes," said a human resources official of China Eastern surnamed Ding.

Domestic civil airlines usually recruit pilots from the seven professional flight academies across the country, including the Civil Aviation Flight University of China, the country's major training facility in Sichuan Province that provides 90 percent of civil airline pilots.

But the rapid increase in passenger planes in China has created a demand for pilots far beyond what the academies can supply.

China Eastern said it will continue recruiting from universities across China for high-quality talent - those with good learning and English abilities as well as logical thinking to become pilots after training, Ding said. China Eastern plans to recruit 500 pilots, with half of them coming from the universities, he said.

Meanwhile, Air China recruited 64 candidates from more than 100 graduates from 13 Chinese universities early this month. They were selected on the basis of healthy body, strong will, stable emotion and quick mental and physical responses, but they still had to pass examinations in spoken English and psychological evaluation, according to the airline.

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