Boeing claims Middle East needs 60,000 new pilots
The Middle East will require 60,000 new pilots to operate commercial airlines within the next two decades, according to a new report from Boeing.
The aircraft engineer’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 29015 and 2034 the world will need 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.
The Middle East specifically will require 60,000 pilots and 66,000 technicians, the report said, and the Asia-Pacific region will need 226,000 new pilots and 238,000 technicians through 2034.
The report predicts continued strong demand for pilots – up 4% compared to the 2014 report – as the world’s airlines add 38,000 new planes to the global fleet over the next 20 years.
On average, the world will need around 28,000 new pilots and 30,000 new technicians every year.
Sherry Carbary, vice-president of Boeing Flight Services, said: “To help address this need, Boeing trained a record number of pilots and technicians at 17 training campuses around the globe last year and has invested in a comprehensive Pilot Development Program to train early stage pilots to become qualified commercial airline pilots.
“We will continue to increase the amount of training we provide, enabling our customers to satisfy the world’s growing appetite for air travel.”
Carbary added that demand will not be met by one company, or one skills base alone.
“Aircraft manufacturers, airlines, training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organisations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions are all stepping up to meet the increasing need to train and certify pilots and technicians,” she said.