increased its 20-year forecast for demand for commercial airline pilots in the Asia Pacific region with its 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, which calls for 192,300 new pilots in the region, an increase of more than 7,000 from the outlook released last year.
The airframe manufacturer boosted its projection based on increased demand for new aircraft in the region. While its outlook for pilots increased, the 2013 projection lowered the demand for new aircraft technicians in the region from 243,500 last year to 215,300. Lowered demand for technicians is grounded in the assumption that next generation aircraft will need less maintenance.
Bob Bellitto, global sales director for Boeing
Flight Services, said the projection reflects an "industry-wide issue," that the aviation industry needs to address by attracting more young talent.
"Tomorrow's aviation workforce is going to be very different than their present-day peers. We need to focus on their expectations for learning, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based techniques to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and three-dimensional models," said Bellitto.
In April, Boeing announced plans to increase flight training support in the Asia-Pacific region to keep up with growing demand. Two new full flight simulators, a 777 and a Next-Generation 737, will be added to its Singapore training campus and ready for training next year.
China is expected to lead the region in terms of projected demand for new pilots and technicians through 2032.
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