23-Jun-2011 8:34 AM

Boeing projects need for 1.1 million new pilots and MRO personnel over 20 years

Boeing called (22-Jun-2011) upon the aviation industry to "invest, evolve and adapt" to support the expected exponential growth in demand for qualified aviation personnel. The call came as the company released its 2011 Pilot and Technician Outlook at the Paris Air Show. The Boeing outlook indicates that by 2030 the aviation industry will require:

  • 460,000 new commercial airline pilots;
  • 650,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

Boeing projects that airlines will need an average of 23,000 new commercial jet pilots and 32,500 new technicians p/a to maintain and fly an expanded world fleet expected to grow to nearly 40,000 aircraft over the next 20 years, as well as replace the coming wave of retirements.

Projected regional demand:

  • Asia Pacific: 182,300 pilots and 247,400 technicians;
    • China: 72,700 pilots and 108,300 technicians;
  • North America – 82,800 pilots and 134,800 technicians;
  • Europe – 92,500 pilots and 129,600 technicians;
  • Africa – 14,300 pilots and 19,200 technicians;
  • Middle East – 36,600 pilots and 53,000 technicians;
  • Latin America – 41,200 pilots and 52,500 technicians;
  • Russia and CIS – 9900 pilots and 13,500 technicians. [more]

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