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Asia Pacific to Lead Demand for Pilots, Technicians

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 10, 2015
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Boeing forecasts the Asia Pacific region will lead in demand for pilots and technicians in the next 20 years. Photo: Boeing
Boeing forecasts the Asia Pacific region will lead in demand for pilots and technicians in the next 20 years. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 09-10-2015] Boeing reports that over the next 20 years the Asia Pacific region will have the greatest demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians worldwide with approximately 40 percent of the global need — more than North America, Africa and Europe combined. The 2015 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, anticipates 226,000 new commercial airline pilots and 238,000 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2034.

The Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook is closely tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe. As with personnel demand, the Asia Pacific region also leads the demand for new commercial airplane deliveries over the next 20 years. According to Boeing's 2015 Current Market Outlook, 14,330 new airplanes, worth $2.2 trillion will be needed in the Asia Pacific region by 2034.

"The demand for 464,000 new pilots and maintenance technicians is a large number, and it translates into challenging, high-tech career opportunities for those who are interested in aerospace," said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services.

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