Boeing has forecast the Asia Pacific region to
have the greatest global demand for new civil aviation personnel
over the next 20 years.
The region is projected to account for 33%
of the global need for pilots, 34% for technicians and 36% for
The 2018 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an
industry forecast of new aviation personnel demand, is closely
tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe.
As with personnel demand, the Asia Pacific region leads demand for new commercial airplane deliveries over the next 20 years.
of all new passenger airplane deliveries in the next 20 years will
be delivered to airlines in the Asia Pacific region.
to the outlook:
The 20-year demand for new commercial sector
pilots in the region remains strong at 240,000. While demand
decreased 5%, this was driven by regional trends that indicate
a peak in pilot retirements in the first decade of the forecast
and a softening of replacement demand in the later years, due to a
younger generation entering the pilot ranks long before reaching
mandatory retirement age.
New commercial technician demand
decreased 5% to 242,000. This is due to advancements in product
development on the 737 MAX, which have resulted in increased
maintenance efficiencies. Overall, maintenance hours required over
the life of the airplane will be reduced.
New commercial cabin
crew demand increased 3% to 317,000 due to anticipated fleet
mix, cabin configuration and regulatory requirements.
first time, the outlook included the helicopter and business
aviation markets. The inclusion of these sectors increases the
region's demand to 261,000 pilots, 257,000 technicians and 321,000
Leading the region in projected demand for new
pilots, technicians and cabin crew:
China: 128,500 pilots;
126,750 technicians; 147,250 cabin crew
Southeast Asia: 48,500
pilots; 54,000 technicians; 76,250 cabin crew
42,750 pilots; 35,000 technicians; 43,250 cabin crew
demand for pilots in the region continues, and we expect that this
will continue for the next several years," said Keith Cooper, vice
president of Training & Professional Services for Boeing Global
Services. "Through our pilot training solutions, including the
Pilot Development Program, we are helping to ensure a pipeline of
pilots is ready to meet the industry's demand."