Boeing projects huge increase in demand for commercial pilots and technicians

According to Boeing, over the next 20 years the aviation industry will see the need for over half a million commercial airline pilots and nearly 600,000 commercial airline maintenance technicians across the globe.

Boeing's 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook shows that this year pilot demand has increased by 7% in comparison to 2013, with demand for maintenance training seeing a rise of 5%.

These figures result from an aviation boom in certain parts of the world. Growth in the Middle East is certainly contributing to the increase in demand, with the region ordering numerous widebody models to increase capacity which consequently require more crew members. The Asia-Pacific region – which has seen a boom in low-fare carriers – is also extremely influential, as it counts for 41% of the world’s need.

Sherry Carbary, vice-president of Boeing Flight Services, remarked, "The challenge of meeting the global demand for airline professionals cannot be solved by one company or in one region of the world.”

Her advice is that meeting the pilot and technician demand is going to have to be a collective effort. "This is a global issue that can only be solved by all of the parties involved – airlines, aircraft and training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organisations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions around the world," Carbary added.

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