Over the next 20 years, Boeing projects the Asia Pacific region will continue to lead in demand for hundreds of thousands of new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians to support expanding demand for new airplane deliveries.
The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, calls for 192,300 new commercial airline pilots and 215,300 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2032.
China and Southeast Asia lead the region in projected demand for new pilots. Combined, the two regions will account for more than 65 percent of the new pilots and technicians.
Southwest and Northeast Asia and Oceania will also continue to see long-term demand.
“There is a very real, urgent demand for competent aviation personnel globally, and the Asia Pacific region is particularly impacted,” said Bob Bellitto, global sales director, Boeing Flight Services. “While Boeing is investing in cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation, this is an industry-wide issue that can only be solved with industry-wide solutions.”
In April, Boeing announced it would install two new full-flight simulators at its Singapore training campus. The simulators are expected to be ready for training in early to mid-2014.
“Aviation is a great field to be in. We have a responsibility to make sure it’s a viable career option for the world’s youth,” Bellitto said. “Tomorrow’s aviation workforce is going to be very different than their present-day peers. We need to focus on their expectations for learning, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based techniques to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and three-dimensional models.”