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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Boeing Sees Demand for 40,000 Airline Pilots in Middle East

Woodrow Bellamy III

Based on expanding demand for new aircraft deliveries, airlines in the Middle East will require 100,000 new pilots and technicians over the next two decades according to a new forecast released by Boeing at the Dubai Airshow. 
The Boeing outlook projects a need for 40,000 pilots and 53,100 technicians in the Middle East over the next two decades. That would be an average of 2,000 new pilots and 2,600 new airline technicians annually. 
The forecast states that 60 percent of the pilot demand will be driven by "increased deliveries of twin-aisle airplanes." That demand was confirmed during the first day of the Dubai Airshow, where Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways combined placed firm orders and purchase agreements for more than $150 billion worth of new Airbus and Boeing aircraft. 
"We are working hard with airlines, regulators, independent flight schools and other industry groups to make training accessible, affordable and efficient so that anyone in the Middle East—or anywhere else in the world—who qualifies can become a pilot or maintenance technician in this high-tech industry," said Sherry Carbary, vice president for Boeing Flight Services. 


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