“With the anticipated demand for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in the Middle East, there is clearly a tremendous need to ensure personnel are available to fill those roles,” said David Longridge, VP of commercial services sales for Boeing Global Services. “It is an exciting time to explore how we can use cutting-edge tools and technology today to train these crews for tomorrow.”
Boeing reported an increase in the forecast compared with last year’s projection in its Pilot & Technician Outlook. Pilot demand increased by 8.6% to 63,000. Cabin crew demand increased by 4.3% to 96,000. Anticipated demand for technicians remained steady at 66,000, while the projection for the rest of the world dropped 4.6% from last year’s number.
New airplane deliveries for the Middle East, according to Boeing projections, should be split almost evenly between single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft. Boeing also forecasts a similar split in anticipated personnel demand — each half focusing on either single- or twin-aisle aircraft. Cabin crew demand is projected to be greater on the twin-aisle airplane side, due to regulations that require more cabin crew to staff larger airplanes.
Boeing forecasts that the new airplane market in the Middle East is going to demand 3,350 new airplanes over the next 20 years. That demand would be worth some $730 billion.