As part of the commercial airline industry forecast for 2008, presidents of airlines were asked what are the major issues currently facing them. Here’s what they said:
Peter Bowler, President, American Eagle: "The industry will face pilot staffing issues in the next year".
Chuck Howell, President, Great Lakes Airlines: "The industry will face the following three issues this year: fuel, pilots and consolidation."
Michael Magnusson: President, Saab Aircraft Leasing: "The pilot shortage is a real problem and holding regionals back in many instances, not only in the US, but worldwide."
John Moore, President, ATR North America: "The other big issue is associated with finding and keeping qualified people, especially pilots and engineers…"
John Sullivan, President, CommutAir: "Availability of pilots."
Joe Randell, President and CEO, Air Canada Jazz: "Pilot shortage."
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