Asia-Pacific continues to drive global demand for commercial pilots, technicians and cabin crew, according to a new Boeing report.
The 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook stated that the region will account for more than one-third of anticipated global demand, or 816,000 total new commercial aviation personnel, over the next 20 years.
The forecast projects that the Asia-Pacific region will need 244,000 new commercial pilots, or 38 per cent, of the total number of 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 the total needed in the region. South-east Asia and South Asia follow, accounting for 20 per cent and 17 per cent of the demand, respectively.
Asia-Pacific is also expected to lead global demand for maintenance technicians (249,000, or 39 per cent of global demand) and cabin crew (323,000, or 37 per cent of global demand), with China leading demand for both (124,000 maintenance technicians and 150,000 cabin crew).
Over the next 20 years, airlines around the world will need 44,000 new airplanes, with more than 17,000, or 39 per cent, of those airplanes delivered to the Asia-Pacific region.
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 utilisation rates, crewing requirements by region and regulatory requirements.
The full Pilot & Technician Outlook report can be read here.