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Boeing Predicts Global Demand For 635,000 New Pilots Over Next Two Decades

29 August 2018
FlightGlobal reports that The Boeing Company has “again warned of a looming pilot shortage,” and projects that airlines around the world will need around 635,000 new pilots within the next 20 years, according to the company’s 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook. The report “also predicts airlines will need some 622,000 more aircraft technicians by 2037.” According to Boeing, a global pilot shortage “has continued to tighten amidst strong global air traffic growth,” while fleet growth rates have been “especially high in emerging markets that have a comparatively small pilot pool,” causing “regional supply challenges.” Boeing forecasts demand to be strongest in the Asia-Pacific region, with a need for 240,000 pilots, “followed by North America, where Boeing projects demand for 127,000 new pilots.” Europe is expected to require 118,000 new pilots, while “Latin American airlines will need 43,000 pilots and Middle East carriers will need 60,000 new pilots.”(Image Credit: Aero Icarus | Wikimedia Commons)
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