Boeing, which maintains a large manufacturing and assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, recently published its "2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook" that estimates a need for approximately 1.5 million technicians and pilots during the next 20 years.
This figure, released at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, shows that the demand for cabin crews by 2035 will reach 800,000. These new employees will be crucial to supporting the global, expanding commercial airplane industry.
From 2016 through 2035, Boeing expects that the global commercial aviation industry will need another 679,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians, 617,000 new commercial airline pilots, and 814,000 new cabin crews.
"The Pilot and Technician Outlook has become a resource for the industry to determine demand for successful airline operations" Sherry Carbary, VP, Boeing Flight Services, said. "Cabin crew are an integral part of operating an airline, and while Boeing does not train cabin crew like pilots and technicians, we believe the industry can use these numbers for planning purposes."
Compared to the 2015 outlook report, this publication forecasts a 10.5 percent increase for pilots. This new report also shows a 11.3 percent increase for maintenance technicians over the previous report.
Experts believe that the new, rising demand for pilots is mostly due to new airplane deliveries as well as fleet mix. They stated that the new technician demand is because of the growing size of fleets.
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