There will be even more opportunities to fly for the airlines then thought before. Although there is a shortage of pilots to fly the airliners that are presently in service, airliner manufacturer Boeing has raised the number of aircraft that it forecasts will be flying in 20 years. Boeing's new 20-year industry forecast calls for 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years. That's an increase of 4.2 percent compared to last year's forecast.
The forecast underlines the need for new pilots to enter the aviation industry, and the demand has drawn many new people to begin flight training in order to help fill the cockpit seats of these new airliners. Funding has become available
for people interested in becoming pilots if you train with a reputable flight training organization, and it is taking less than two years for pilots training at ATP to get all of their training completed and to begin flying modern aircraft for the airlines.
"It's a market that's exceeded our expectations," said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With new and more efficient airplanes entering service, the growth in air travel is being driven by customers who want to fly where they want, when they want."