The long-term predictions of need for more than 400,000 new pilots in the next 20 years by Boeing, Airbus and ICAO are still current, with emphasis on growth in South-East Asia.
In Australia, take up of pilots into airlines is improving, with Virgin, Qantaslink and Jetstar all recruiting for domestic operations. Tiger is again increasing domestic operations while newest airline Air Australia is running new domestic and international routes. The rebranding of Virgin Australia is impressive as are their new connections with Etihad.
The Australian Federation of Air Pilots job vacancy list is growing rapidly. So despite the negative press surrounding Qantas International, the general prospects of pilot recruitment in Australia remain strong.