Global demand for aviation personnel, especially by emerging markets, is expected to burgeon over the next 20 years, with the requirement greatest in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new report from Boeing.
The demand is being fanned as global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next 20 years, the 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of personnel demand, said.
“The aviation industry will need to supply approximately one million new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians between now and 2032 to support this tremendous growth,” it added.
The paper projects a global requirement for 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 new maintenance technicians to fly and maintain the new airplanes entering the world fleet over the next 20 years.
The largest projected growth in pilot demand is in the Asia-Pacific region, with a requirement for 192,300 new pilots over the next 20 years, a Boeing media release said.
China will generate the largest share of the region’s demand, with a need for 77,400 pilots. Europe will require 99,700 pilots, North America 85,700, Latin America 48,600, the Middle East 40,000, Africa 16,500, and the Commonwealth of Independent States 15,200.
The Asia-Pacific also heads the list for the biggest need for maintenance personnel, requiring 215,300 new technical people. China has the steepest need in the region with 93,900 technicians.
Elsewhere, airlines in Europe will require 108,200, North America 97,900, the Middle East 53,100, Latin America 47,600, the Commonwealth of Independent States 18,000, and Africa 15,900 technicians.
“Meeting this exponential demand growth will require innovative solutions focused on new digital technology to match the learning requirements of a new generation,” the report said. “Training providers will focus more strongly on enabling airplane operators to gain optimum advantage from the advanced features of the latest generation of airplanes, such as the 787 Dreamliner.”