According to Boeing, the Asia Pacific region
continues to drive global demand for commercial pilots,
technicians and cabin crew.
The region accounts for more than one-third of
anticipated global demand, or 816,000 total new commercial
aviation personnel over the next 20 years.
“Demand for personnel in the Asia Pacific region
remains significant, and we expect this trend to continue,” said
Keith Cooper, vice president of Training & Professional Services
for Boeing Global Services. “Boeing supports the full lifecycle of
an aircraft to help make sure that our customers have qualified
personnel to fly, maintain and staff them.”
The 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook is an
industry forecast of new aviation personnel demand. It is closely
tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe,
and also takes into account annual aircraft utilization rates,
crewing requirements by region and regulatory requirements.
the next 20 years, airlines around the world will need 44,000 new
airplanes, with more than 17,000, or 39%, of those airplanes
delivered to the Asia Pacific region.
The forecast projects that the Asia Pacific
region will need 244,000 new commercial pilots, or 38%, of the
pilots needed around the globe. This demand, stemming from a mix
of anticipated fleet growth, retirements and attrition, will be
most significant in China; the country is expected to need 124,000
pilots, which is more than half of those needed in the region as a
whole. Southeast Asia and South Asia follow, with 20% and 17% of
the demand respectively.
The Asia Pacific region is also expected to lead
global demand for maintenance technicians (249,000, or 39% of
global demand) and cabin crew (323,000, or 37% of global demand),
with China leading demand for both (124,000 maintenance
technicians and 150,000 cabin crew.)