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This is Your Pilot Leaving

Lured Away by Better Pay, Garuda is Losing Pilots at an Alarming Rate.

(5/29/2007) The Jakarta Post and other media reported last week that more than 70 pilots have resigned this year from Indonesia's national flag carrier Garuda.

Quoting the head of the Pilots' Union at the Airline, G. S. Stevanus, better pay and working conditions at competing regional airlines are the root cause of the pilots' exodus.

Stevanus said, "this year alone, 77 pilots have submitted their resignations, although only five so far have left, with the others still in the administrative process."

In the previous 18 moths prior to the latest rash of resignations, 110 pilots left Garuda for bluer skies with other carriers.

The Indonesian airline maintains a pilot complement of 550 pilots to fly its fleet of 50 airplanes.

Airline experts state that there is a current world-wide shortage of qualified airline pilots due to rapid business expansion within that sector.