Chinese carriers are beginning to follow the internationally common practice of recruiting privately trained pilots in an effort to make up for a pilot shortfall that CAAC Vice Minister Gao Hongfeng said last month will reach 2,000 over the next two years. The country's commercial aviation fleet numbered 1,067 aircraft at the end of July and is expected to rise to 1,250 by 2010. Chinese carriers traditionally cover training expenses for their pilots, which normally runs several million yuan ...

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