Boeing's pilot shortage warning

11 / 09 / 2013

  • Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions, warns planemaker Boeing

    Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions, warns planemaker Boeing

THE commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new aircraft deliveries over the next two decades.

That represents a global requirement for 25,000 new pilots a year on average.

Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions, warns planemaker Boeing in its 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook – a respected industry forecast of aviation personnel.

The outlook indicates that, by 2032, the world will require 498,000 new commercial airline pilots, and 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

“The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real,” warns Sherry Carbary, vice-president of Boeing Flight Services.

“The key to closing the pilot and technician gap in our industry is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation.”

Overall, the demand is driven by steadily increasing aircraft deliveries, particularly single-aisle units.