Mexican Pilots Association (ASPA) reports 120 pilots from Mexicana Group have moved to jobs at foreign carriers, predominately in the Middle East and Asia (jornada.unam.mx, 24-Mar-2011). Other pilots are seeking work with Copa Airlines and LAN Chile, according to ASPA. Mexicana Group has reportedly lost around 10% of its pilots.
Mexicana Group loses 120 pilots to foreign carriers
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