Boeing 737 is a special aircraft
The Boeing 737 delivers superior reliability, fuel efficiency and high-value returns that operators require in today's competitive market. Its exceptional versatility, lower maintenance and operating costs provide a competitive edge regardless of the business model or market. A competitive edge that enables profitable growth. It’s just a better way to fly.
Flying across the world at the controls of some of the most sophisticated aircraft in existence, is, for many, a dream job. So understandably the question has been asked by many: "How do I qualify to fly a Boeing 737 as a commercial pilot?"
On the road to a career as a commercial pilot , many decisions will have to be made as there is no normal route to a job in the left-hand seat; there are many different training routes, financing options and career paths.
Pilot shortages around the world
The first steps in understanding the pilot shortage is to look at the factors that have created it:
- High levels of retirement (pilots turning 65) in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia/NZ.
- Global aviation growth alongside economic growth in India, Africa, USA, Asia Pacific, NZ, Australia, etc.
- Airplane technologies enabling flights between cities never before connected.
- Massive growth of the Gulf Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
- New long-range private jets allowing the ultra-rich to cross oceans without a fuel stop.
- Massive expansion of low cost / ultra-low-cost airlines across the globe.
- Low salaries at a regional level causing years of low intake levels.
- Occasional decreased oil prices, increasing airline profits - enabling short-term growth demand.
- Introduction of fuel-efficient regional turboprops allowing services to smaller towns.
- Growth of seaplane infrastructure and efficiencies for popular coastal communities.
'Pilot shortage' is a phrase that is making its way around in aviation at the moment. The huge numbers predicted by Boeing and Airbus, both manufacturing giants, have forecast the need for as many as 617,000 new pilots by 2035. This information has been shared far and wide with many airlines proclaiming that now is ‘a great time to become a pilot.'
What qualification does a pilot require to fly a Boeing 737?
A Commercial Pilot has the opportunity to see the world like no other, however, a pilot needs to be fully qualified and acquire a commercial pilot licence through an internationally recognised flight school . These pilots get to fly incredible aircraft, especially the Boeing 737 which most pilots can only dream of flying. They often find themselves “overnighting” in glamorous places with time off to explore, while their airline pays for lodging and travel expenses.
As pilots climb the career ladder at an airline, they soon find themselves having the opportunity of flying internationally, exploring foreign cities. There are times when pilots have to stay in lesser known cities but it still remains an experience of a lifetime travelling and exploring different places giving the opportunity to interact with many different people from a variety of cultures, resulting in great international experience.
Aside from interesting work schedules, commercial pilots also enjoy the following:
- Flexible work schedules giving the opportunity to pursue other hobbies
- Good retirement benefits
- Travel benefits
- International health insurance for the pilot and their family
- Paid vacations - many times to international destinations
- Paid education to upgrade to larger, more long-range aircraft, e.g. Boeing 747 or Boeing 777
There is no comparison to the pride felt after a successful flight in your uniform as a commercial pilot at the helm of their first Boeing 737 flight.