533,000 new pilots needed in next two decades: Boeing

August 2, 2014 4:19 am

Boeing has some 533,000 new commercial pilots would be needed worldwide in the next 20 years to cater to a growing global fleet, AFP has reported. The US planemaker said 584,000 new maintenance technicians would also be required between 2014 and 2033. “Pilot demand in the Asia Pacific region now comprises 41% of the world’s need, and the Middle East region saw significant growth …due to increased airline capacity and orders for wide-body models,” Boeing said. “Overall, the global demand is driven by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly wide-body airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually,” it added.