A new Boeing forecast predicts rising demand for commercial aviation pilots and maintenance technicians as the global fleet of planes expands over the next 20 years.
The outlook predicts the aviation industry will need 533,000 new commercial airline pilots and 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians from 2014 to 2033.
That represents a global need for 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians a year.
That’s a challenge, Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said in a statement.
“This is a global issue that can only be solved by all of the parties involved – airlines, aircraft and training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organizations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions around the world,” Carbary said.
North America will require 88,000 new pilots and 109,000 technicians in the next 20 years, the report said.
The biggest demand for pilots will be in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 216,000 pilots and 224,000 technicians, the outlook said.
The Middle East region saw significant growth since last year because of increased airline capacity and orders for wide-body models, which require more crew members.
Other projected demand by region:
• Europe: 94,000 pilots and 102,000 technicians
• Latin America: 45,000 pilots and 44,000 technicians
• Middle East: 55,000 pilots and 62,000 technicians
• Africa: 17,000 pilots and 19,000 technicians
• Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States: 18,000 pilots and 24,000 technicians.