In the next two decades, the international aviation industry will need to find more than 2 million people to fly commercial airliners, operate as cabin crew, and work as maintenance technicians to keep aircraft safely in the air.
The demand comes from across the globe as airline companies expand their fleets and increase flight schedules to meet market needs.
The information was contained in the company’s 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook Report released late July.
A more precise breakdown of predictions made by the Boeing Company state that as global economies expand and tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners are delivered, in 20 years time the industry is going to need:
- Another 637,000 commercial pilots to fly new airliners
- At least 648,000 more maintenance technicians to look after them
- About 839,000 cabin crew employees to service them
While the predicted increase in pilots relates directly to the increase in sales of new commercial planes, more cabin crew are required for the same reason as well as because new generation aircraft can accommodate more passengers. This has led to many regional markets updating their regulations in terms of maximum numbers of cabin crew per aircraft allowed.
The report also states that regional markets that previously recruited pilots from other locations are trying increasingly to recruit and train pilots from their home locations.
According to the report the greatest demand is predicted for the Asia-Pacific region, followed by Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Russian Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Boeing’s Forward-Looking Reports do Change
Boeing’s Outlook Report has been issued annually for eight years, but none of the reports is cast instone. The company warns that many factors can alter statistics given in reports from year-to-year. This is because economic conditions change in the USA and globally, as do general industry conditions. This is one of the reasons why the outlook is re-assessed annually.
Interestingly, for instance, the 2017 figures predict an even higher requirement for pilots and cabin crew (by 2036) than in 2016 that predicted 617,000 new pilots and 814,000 new cabin crew would be required by 2035. But the prediction for new commercial airline maintenance technicians has dropped by 31,000 from 679,000. The reason for this is largely due to the reduction in maintenance hours that is needed for newer generation aircraft like the new single-aisle Boeing 737 MAX, heralded as “the world’s most popular jet”. Generally, these aircraft are more reliable and require less non-routine attention. Longer time intervals are also specified between regular maintenance checks.
The countries that are predicted to have the greatest demand remain the same, in the same order, with the Asia-Pacific region leading demand.
In 2016 it stated that they would need to find “innovative solutions” to meet the ever-growing demand for pilots, cabin crew, and technicians. The company would focus on career pipeline and educational programs that would inspire the next generation of employees in these vital fields. New technologies and training methods would also be needed.
Boeing predicted in 2016 that the growing workforce would also be more diversified which meant instructors would need cross-generational and cross-cultural skills.
Of course, while the Boeing report doesn’t refer to competitive brands, the increases in demand are not only limited to Boeing. Companies like Airbus are also expanding, and all of them will experience an increase in demand for parts and services.
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