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Aviation industry labor shortage hits Canadian companies trying to replace grounded Boeing jets

MONTREAL (Reuters) – A global shortage of pilots and mechanics is preventing some Canadian aviation service companies from meeting the needs of airlines and other customers scrambling to secure replacements for grounded Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX jets.

North American airlines have canceled thousands of flights since the March grounding of the 737 MAX following two fatal crashes involving the model. In an already busy industry, this has stoked demand for replacement aircraft, and several Canadian companies are eager to oblige.

But the industry-wide labor shortage has complicated matters, companies said.


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