Boeing's 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook
forecasts a demand for 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years.
This represents double the current workforce and
the most significant demand in the outlook's nine-year history.
For the first time, this
year's outlook also includes data from the business aviation and
civil helicopter sectors.
"Despite strong global air traffic growth, the
aviation industry continues to face a pilot labor supply
challenge, raising concern about the existence of a global pilot
shortage in the near-term," said Keith Cooper, vice president of
Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global Services. "An
emphasis on developing the next generation of pilots is key to
help mitigate this. With a network of training campuses and
relationships with flight schools around the globe, Boeing
partners with customers, governments and educational institutions
to help ensure the market is ready to meet this significant pilot
Despite the commercial pilot
demand forecast holding nearly steady, maintenance technician
demand decreased slightly from 648,000 to 622,000, primarily due
to longer maintenance intervals for new aircraft.
the business aviation and civil helicopter sectors will demand an
additional 155,000 pilots and 132,000 technicians.
commercial cabin crew increased slightly from 839,000 to 858,000,
due to changes in fleet mix, regulatory requirements, denser seat
configurations and multi-cabin configurations that offer more
personalized service. In addition, 32,000 new cabin crew will be
required to support business aviation.
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