At this week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years.
Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new airline pilots and 609,000 new airline maintenance technicians.
“To help address this need, Boeing trained last year a record number of pilots and technicians at 17 training campuses around the globe and has invested in a comprehensive Pilot Development Program to train early stage pilots to become qualified commercial airline pilots,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services. “We will continue to increase the amount of training we provide, enabling our customers to satisfy the world’s growing appetite for air travel.”
“The challenge of meeting the global demand for airline professionals will not be solved by one company alone,” Carbary added. “Aircraft manufacturers, airlines, training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organizations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions are all stepping up to meet the increasing need to train and certify pilots and technicians.”
Boeing’s 2015 Outlook projects continued increases in pilot demand, up more than 4% compared to the 2014 Outlook. For maintenance technicians, demand increased approximately 5%.
Overall global demand will be driven by continued economic expansion, resulting in an average requirement for about 28,000 new pilots and more than 30,000 new technicians every year.
The 20-year projected demand for new pilots and technicians by region is:
- Asia Pacific: 226,000 pilots and 238,000 technicians;
- Europe: 95,000 pilots and 101,000 technicians;
- North America: 95,000 pilots and 113,000 technicians;
- Latin America: 47,000 pilots and 47,000 technicians;
- Middle East: 60,000 pilots and 66,000 technicians;
- Africa: 18,000 pilots and 22,000 technicians; and
- Russia/CIS: 17,000 pilots and 22,000 technicians.