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Airline courses beckon, HS grads advised

High school graduates should consider courses on commercial airline jobs amid 3.86-million global demand for pilots, flight attendants and aircraft maintenance technicians, a Cebu lawmaker said on Sunday.

“We foresee enormous global demand for commercial airline pilots, cabin crew, aircraft technicians and other aviation-related jobs in the years ahead,” said House Assistant Majority Leader and Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas.

Based on orders it has received for new commercial jets for future delivery, The Boeing Company has forecast that airlines worldwide will require 465,000 new pilots plus 601,000 aircraft maintenance technicians between now and 2031, Gullas said.

Boeing’s projection also implies potential new global demand for up to 2.8 million flight attendants, according to Gullas.

The Chicago, Illinois-based global aircraft manufacturer sees up to two billion people, mostly from Asia, entering the middle class and driving the global demand air travel.

Gullas, also vice chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education, prodded the country’s universities and colleges as well as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to draw up and offer additional courses in Air Transportation Specializing in Commercial Flying, Air Traffic Control minor in Flight Dispatch, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Aviation Electronics Technology, Aviation Information Technology, and Information Management major in Airline Operation.

“These highly specialized courses can assure our future college graduates of high-paying jobs in the thriving commercial aviation sector,” Gullas said.

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