1.5 million pilots, aircraft technicians needed through 2035 to support growing global fleet, Boeing predicts

OSHKOSH, Wis., 29 July 2016. Roughly 1.5 million pilots and aircraft technicians are needed over the next 20 years, Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts, to support the world's growing commercial airplane fleet.

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OSHKOSH, Wis., 29 July 2016. Roughly 1.5 million pilots and aircraft technicians are needed over the next 20 years, Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts, to support the world's growing commercial airplane fleet.

Boeing forecasts that between 2016 and 2035, the global commercial aviation industry will require approximately:

617,000 new commercial airline pilots

679,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians

814,000 new cabin crew

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The 2016 outlook shows a growth of 10.5 percent for pilots over the 2015 outlook and 11.3 percent for maintenance technicians. New pilot demand is primarily driven by new airplane deliveries and fleet mix, while new technician demand is primarily driven by fleet growth.

"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," says Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services.

The outlook represents a global requirement for about 31,000 new pilots, 35,000 new technicians, and 40,000 cabin crew annually.

Projected demand for new pilots, technicians and cabin crew by global region for the next 20 years is approximately:

Region

New Pilots

New Technicians

New Cabin Crew

Asia-Pacific

248,000

268,000

298,000

Europe

104,000

118,000

169,000

North America

112,000

127,000

151,000

Latin America

51,000

50,000

51,000

Middle East

58,000

66,000

92,000

Africa

22,000

24,000

27,000

Russia / CIS

22,000

26,000

26,000

The Asia-Pacific region comprises 40 percent of the global need due to the growth in the single-aisle market which is driven by low-cost carriers, while North America is the result of new markets opening in Cuba and Mexico, and demand in Europe has increased as a response to a strong intra-European Union market.

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