Boeing Forecasts Global Need for 617,000 New Pilots As Travel Soars
Airlines across the globe will have to hire some 617,000 new pilots over the next two decades to support the increased demand for new planes and travel, according to a new forecast released on Monday by Boeing.
The 2016 edition of its Pilot and Technician Outlook also forecasts 814,000 new cabin crew and 679,000 airline maintenance technicians over the same period. Boeing sees the Asia-Pacific region accounting for some 40% of total new hires as it eclipses North America as the largest travel market.
U.S. carriers will increase hiring thanks to new destinations opening up in Cuba and Mexico, the company said, as well as to replace the many pilots nearing retirement age.
Boeing sees some 112,000 new pilots in North America as a result over the next 20 years, and 104,000 in Europe. The Chicago-based company’s forecast for the Middle East dropped by about 2,000 pilots to 58,000, thanks to a move in the region to larger aircraft.
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