Boeing forecasts a 20-year Demand for more than 700,000 Pilots in its 2018 Pilot and Technician Outlook

The demand is being driven due to the anticipated doubling of the global commercial airplane fleet 

Projecting a demand for 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years, Boeing recently released its 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook. This represents double the current workforce and the most significant demand in the outlook’s nine-year history.

The demand is being driven due to the anticipated doubling of the global commercial airplane fleet — as reported in Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook — as well as record-high air travel demand and a tightening labour supply. The recently published outlook also includes data from the business aviation and civil helicopter sectors for the first time.

“Despite strong global air traffic growth, the aviation industry continues to face a pilot labour supply challenge, raising concern about the existence of a global pilot shortage in the near-term,” said, Vice President of Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global Services, Keith Cooper. “An emphasis on developing the next generation of pilots is key to help mitigate this. With a network of training campuses and relationships with flight schools around the globe, Boeing partners with customers, governments and educational institutions to help ensure the market is ready to meet this significant pilot demand.”

Offering the Pilot Development Program, Boeing provides an accelerated training program that guides future pilots from early stage ab-initio training through type rating as a first officer – to help operators meet their growing pilot needs. Boeing also helps operators improve crew efficiency with tools that optimize resources and minimize disruption.

Despite the commercial pilot demand forecast holding nearly steady, maintenance technician demand decreased slightly from 648,000 to 622,000, primarily due to longer maintenance intervals for new aircraft. Collectively, the business aviation and civil helicopter sectors will demand an additional 155,000 pilots and 132,000 technicians.

The demand for commercial cabin crew has also increased slightly from 839,000 to 858,000, due to changes in fleet mix, regulatory requirements, denser seat configurations and multi-cabin configurations that offer more personalized service. In addition, 32,000 new cabin crew will be required to support business aviation according to the report.


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