ALPA's Membership Demographics by Age

A Look at ALPA's Generational Diversity

By Gavin Francis, Senior Aviation Writer

A banner year of organizing, ALPA ended 2023 representing more than 77,000 pilots who fly for 43 U.S. and Canadian airlines. With the addition of new pilot groups, retirements, and pilots new to the profession, the demographics of the union continue to change every year. Today, the Association’s members fall into four universally accepted generational categories: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y (Millennials), and Generation Z*. Acknowledging and understanding age-related differences is crucial in determining how the Association can most effectively engage and communicate with members, bridge generational divides, and foster stronger unity within its pilot community.

Check out the stats to see who your fellow pilots are.

*According to experts, generational categories are based on a recurrent cycle of approximately 20 years and provide a general framework to measure and study demographics of same-aged groups with specific behavior patterns.
(ALPA pilot data as of January 17.)

This article was originally published in the January 2024 issue of Air Line Pilot.

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