According to Boeing, the world will need another 645,000 pilots in the next 20 years. That is based on the current trend of increasing demand. Nowhere is the increase in air travel more evident than in Asia and the Pacific. In fact, 200,000 new pilots will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region alone.
When Bhanu Choudhrie founded Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) 13 years ago, he knew he had a solid business plan. But there is no way he could have had better timing. AAG began training pilots in the Philippines just as the commercial aviation market in Asia began to take off.
New aviation regulations in the region require that all new commercial pilots must be able to speak English. Being based in the Philippines, AAG’s students naturally are predominantly Filipino, and English is widely spoken in their country. Thus, the new requirement favors AAG. This is important when you consider relationships with the airlines in the region.
Business is all about partnerships and alliances. AAG has already proven to the airlines in its region that it can produce competent aviators. The flight school has graduated 900 pilots since being established by Bhanu Choudhrie. Since then, AAG has formed solid relationships with Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, and VietJet to name only a few.
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None the less meeting the expected demand for new pilots is not a small task.The aviation expert believes that the solution to the impending manpower shortage which the airlines are facing can only be solved with woman power.
According to Mr. Choudhrie, there are not enough male candidates to fill all of the slots which will be opening up. The problem is that women traditionally are not drawn to careers in aviation. At present, females make up just 3% of all commercial pilots worldwide.
AAG has managed to cultivate a good number of female students. Thanks to a dedicated recruitment strategy geared toward finding interested female candidates, currently 20% of AAG cadet pilots are female.
Mr. Bhanu Choudhrie sees the challenges ahead of the commercial aviation industry in Asia as opportunities. There is no question that AAG will boom along with the industry under his direction.