Pilot Employment in Malaysia

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Malaysian Job Market Outline

"Malaysian aviation employment market "

The airline industry is a large and  growing industry. In the past years, air travel has  been growing by 6% a  year and scheduled airlines carried more than 1  billion passengers  in 2008. The  airlineindustry involves large capital requirements. For example, the requirements for aircraft, closemonitor  by  the  government  regulations,  competition  from  other  tourist  transport  and  therequirement to have high level o f expertise to operate and manage.  In the airline industry, aircraftmanufacturer is conquered by two companies. They are The Boeing Company and the AirbusSAS. In Malaysia, airlines are separated into two; 1) Passenger airlines and 2) Cargo airlines.The passenger airlines in Malaysia are A ir Asia, Malaysia Airline System Berhad (MAS), Fireflywhich is owned  by MAS Layang-Layang Aerospace which is  based in  Sabah to provide air services to Layang-Layang Island, Berjaya Air which is owned by Berjaya Group, Sabah Air andlast but not least Hornbill Skyways which is a helicopter service that operates in the rural area of Sarawak.  Other  than  passenger  airlines,  there  are  also  three  cargo  airlines  that  operate  inMalaysia. They are the Athena Air services, MAS cargo and Transmile Air Services.

There are several major airline recruiters in the country, the first one  is the  Malaysia Airline System  Berhad (MAS),  which is  Malaysia’s full servicenational carrier that first took the skies in 1947 under the name of Malayan Airways Limited. Itwas formed through a joint initiative of the Ocean Steamship Company of Liverpool, StraitsSteamship of Singapore and also Imperial Airways. With a team of young and dynamic people,the domestic carrier turned into an international airline in less than a decade and the name MASwas only fully incorporated  in 1973  after  going through numerous mergers and  separations.  Asof today, MAS flew nearly 50 000 passengers daily to 100 destinations worldwide. The carrier isa national identity to Malaysia and also a proud one as it had been awarded as the World’s BestCabin Crew’ in 2001 until 2004 and 2009, and the ‘5 STAR Airline’ award from 2005 till 2009 by Skytrax UK. MAS currently have 90 aircrafts for domestic and international flight. There arecurrently 20 Airbus and 70 Boeing. MAS main base is at Kuala Lumpur International Airpor.

The other airline operator  in Malaysia is  Air Asia which takes on  the low-cost budget airline business model and is the leading budget airline in Asia. Air Asia has been expanding rapidly since 2001 and flies to 61 destinations operating 400 flights daily using its 75 aircrafts that it has. To date, it  has flown over 55  million passengers across the  region  and continues to  create  moreextensive route network through its associate companies. In the second quarter of 2009, Air Asiahas a capacity growth of 22% (YoY) due to increased number of routes flight frequencies and average passenger growth of 24% annually.

Despite the tough competition that the two airline operators of Malaysia persists, both MAS andAir Asia  managed to  overcome  the global economic  downturn  that  the  world  economy  is currently experiencing and recorded RM180 million and RM203 million in net income for thefirst half of 2009 which is better than the industry’s market average.

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Who is Hiring?

"Where can I look for employment in Malaysia?"

Most airlines are based in Kuala Lampur. But there are a few that operate from bases in other locations. In addition to local airlines, because of almost automatic Indonesian employment authorization for malaysian pilots, many doors are open across the region.

The following airlines are currently hiring and are projected to actively hire local and international pilots for the next 3 years:

qualifications AirAsia
qualifications AirAsia X
qualifications Berjaya Air
qualifications Eaglexpress
qualifications Firefly
qualifications Malaysia Airlines
qualifications Sabah Air
qualifications Weststar Aviation
qualifications Athena Air Services
qualifications Gading Sari
qualifications Transmile Air Services
qualifications Neptune Air
  and many more!...


*** for details about each airline's hiring status and requirements, please contact them directly and acquire the up to date information following the links above.

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"What do I need to succeed on the modern airline employment market in Malaysia?"

Raich Aerospace Group LLC Aviator DBA Sovrasco LLC Aerocadet DBA Global Air Ferry DBA The Aviation employment market in Indonesia is in dire need of local pilots. Most Indonesin and expatriate pilots who hold FAA CPL with multi-engine and/or instrument ratings and adequate conversions to the licenses of their home countries, will be able to find an airline employment job within the 3 months after graduation from our professional flight training program. Local air carriers in Malaysia are looking for the following qualifications, as a minimum:

qualifications ICAO commercial license (FAA preferred)
qualifications Instrument rating
qualifications Multi-engine rating
qualifications Night rating
qualifications 200+ hours of flight time
qualifications ICAO-4 English proficiency
qualifications Malaysian citizens or permanent residents preferred!
qualifications Fluency in Malay is preferred!


In compensation for your service, you will be entitled to a number of great benefits. Just some of the include:

benefits Monthly tax-free salary, from $3,500 USD to $6,500 (first officer)
benefits Free air travel benefits to you and your family
benefits Free accommodation
benefits Free health insurance
benefits Per diem allowances
benefits Airline-paid pension contributions
benefits Free initial type-rating
benefits Free upgrade and equipment transition training


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Career Progression

"How long will it take me to get to the 'TOP'?"

Raich Aerospace Group LLC Aviator DBA Sovrasco LLC Aerocadet DBA Global Air Ferry DBA The answer is: fairly fast. In Malaysia upgrading from first officer to a captain takes much faster then in most airlines in the West. Consider this: in airlines such as United, Quantas, British Airways and other US/EU air carriers, it takes around 10 years to upgrade from first officer to captain. In Malaysia, the upgrade time could be as fast as 3-5 years. Once you obtain your captaincy and start logging PIC (pilot in command) time on a B737 or A320 or any other jet/turboprop, you will have thousands of international employment doors open too. You will be able to easily transition from a captian job in Malaysia to a similar job in Korea, China, Singapore, India or Hong Kong. Obtaining international work permits for qualified captains is fast and easy.

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