Boeing projects a demand for nearly 1.2 million new pilots and technicians over the next 20 years, with the strongest growth expected in the Asia Pacific region. Boeing released its new Pilot and Technician Outlook on July 20th, showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years.
In Europe the 20-year projected demand will be of 95,000 pilots and 113,000 technicians, while for the same period the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.
Boeing’s 2015 Outlook projects continued increases in pilot demand, up more than 4 percent compared to the 2014 Outlook. For maintenance technicians, demand increased approximately 5 percent.
Overall global demand for these skilled resources 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 Pilot and Technician Outlook is Boeing’s long-term forecast of the demand for pilots and technicians and its estimate of personnel needed to fly and maintain the tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners expected to be produced over the next 20 years. The forecast is published annually to factor in changing market forces affecting the industry.