Boeing Forecasts 219,750 Pilots, 21,750 Technicians, 266,750 Cabin Crew In Asia Pacific Region Next 20 Years


…To Account For More Than One –Third Of Global Demand


Boeing reports that the Asia Pacific region will have the greatest global demand for new civil aviation personnel over the next 20 years.

The region is projected to account for 33 per cent of the global need for pilots, 34 per cent for technicians and 36 per cent for cabin crew.

The 2018 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook is an industry forecast of new aviation personnel demand.

It is closely tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe.

As with personnel demand, the Asia Pacific region leads demand for new commercial airplane deliveries over the next 20 years.

According to the outlook 40 per cent of all new passenger airplane deliveries in the next 20 years will be delivered to airlines in the Asia Pacific region.

According to the outlook the 20-year demand for new commercial sector pilots in the region remains strong at 240,000 while demand decreased five per cent, this was driven by regional trends that indicate a peak in pilot retirements in the first decade of the forecast and a softening of replacement demand in the later years, due to a younger generation entering the pilot ranks long before reaching mandatory retirement age.

The outlook also said that new commercial technician demand decreased by five per cent to 242,000 and that this is due to advancements in product development on the 737 MAX, which have resulted in increased maintenance efficiencies.

Overall, maintenance hours required over the life of the airplane will be reduced.

The industry forecast said that new commercial cabin crew demand increased by three per cent to 317,000 due to anticipated fleet mix, cabin configuration and regulatory requirements.

It added that for the first time, the outlook included the helicopter and business aviation markets,. Adding that the inclusion of these sectors increases the region’s demand to 261,000 pilots, 257,000 technicians and 321,000 cabin crew.

Leading the region in projected demand for new pilots, technicians and cabin crew are China, South East Asia and South Asia.

China -128,500 pilots, 126,750 technicians and 147,250 cabin crew

Southeast Asia: 48,500 pilots, 54,000 technicians, 76,250 cabin crew

South Asia: 42,750 pilots, 35,000 technicians, 43,250 cabin crew

According to the Vice President of Training & Professional Services for Boeing Global Services, Keith Cooper, “Strong demand for pilots in the region continues, and we expect that this will continue for the next several years. Through our pilot training solutions, including the Pilot Development Programme, we are helping to ensure a pipeline of pilots is ready to meet the industry’s demand.”

Boeing’s Pilot Development programme is an accelerated training programme intended to guide pilots from early stage ab-initio training through type rating as a first officer.



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