15 AUGUST 2016
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More than 2m new airline-industry personnel, including 617,000 pilots and 814,000 cabin crew, will be needed to meet demand between now and 2035, according to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook.
The report says there will be “extraordinary demand” as global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial aircraft over the next 20 years.
“Meeting this demand will require innovative solutions focused on educational outreach and career pipeline programmes to inspire the next generation of pilots, technicians, and cabin crew,” the report goes on.
“New technologies, devices, and training methods will be needed to meet a wide range of learning styles. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will also require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow’s workforce.”
The document notes that although Asia-Pacific remains the region with the highest overall demand, there has been a significant increase in the expected number of skilled resources required in other parts of the world.
“New market opportunities, such as the opening of Cuba for the North American market and increased intra-Europe travel for the European market, have strengthened demand,” it points out.
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