Aviation in Asia

The Asia Pacific region is the largest market with 30% of world traffic. With an annualised growth of 6.8% forecast for 2015, Asia is still one of the hot regions in global Aviation. With a huge untapped market for low cost carriers and many new airlines starting to try to capture the market, there are a large number of opportunities for both experienced and less experienced flight crew.

What is it like to be a pilot in Asia?

With the Aviation market in the Asia Pacific region continuing to expand, there is a myriad of opportunities for skilled and qualified pilots.

Culturally there is a vast and complex number of interlinking cultures. Suffice to say that a pilot could spend a life time in Asia and still not see it all. Understanding the differences however subtle in the local cultures is vital whilst working in the region. Whilst cultural norms can differ greatly across the area, the way airlines operate is very similar across all regions with commuting rosters being favoured by expat pilots especially.

Salary levels tend to vary greatly in this region depending upon the country of the airlines’ base which is largely due to the widely varying GDPs of the region.

Assessment and selections

The recruitment and assessment requirement is most comparable to that in China, although there are some differences in expectations and the level to which the assessments go. A local ATPL may need to be obtained, so a local medical will be required and a full working visa obtained in most cases. The following are all vital to give the best chance of passing the selection process:

• Thorough paperwork preparation;
• Pre-practice for the SIM sessions;
• Studying for the local ATPL requirements and exams.

Find out more about working in Asia.

If you are interested in further information on working in this region please contact us on +44 (0) 1256 368 500 and one of our consultants will be happy to discuss this with you.

Click here to register your details with us.

Other sources of information

Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong
Civil Aeronautics Administration
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore 
Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau 
Directorate General of Civil Aviation Indonesia
Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia 
Thailand Department of Civil Aviation 
Pacific Asia Travel Association  

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