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Boeing forecasts 637.000 pilots needed on the next 20 years

Boeing forecasts 637.000 pilots needed on the next 20 years
28 July, 2017 Eduardo Marques

Boeing forecasts 637.000 pilots needed on the next 20 years


The US company revises its global pilot demand 3,6% higher than initially expected

These have been the most striking conclussions made at the Boeing’s annual convention EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Boeing released its 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and projects a demand for nearly 1.5 million pilots and technicians over the next two decades, an even better outlook than expected.

More than 637.000 new pilots will be needed by 2036 due to the growing number of aircraft orders, making it 3,6% higher than the previous year’s forecast.

The growth of the pilot sector will be a global affair, affecting every continent. The regional breakdown goes as it follows: The Asia-Pacific region will need 253.000 new pilots, almost one third of the total demand. North America will need 117.000 new pilots, while Europe will need 106.000. The incoming pilot shortage will be world-wide, or so it seems.

In addition to that, these job growth prospects will be shared by the entire aeronautic sector, not only by pilots alone: Boeing predicts that there will be 2 million new jobs related to carriers, from which 839.000 will be cabin assistant posts and 648.000 will be technician jobs.

An optimistic outlook for pilots, and a not-so-optimistic prediction for airlines, which will probably struggle to find adequately trained personnel during the upcoming decades.

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