Boeing forecasts demand for 2.1 million commercial aviation jobs
In the long term, 602,000 pilots, 610,000 maintenance technicians and 899,000 cabin crew will be needed to support the global commercial fleet over the next two decades
To safely support the recovery of commercial air travel and meet the growing long-term surge, Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook (PTO) forecasts demand for 2.1 million aviation personnel new for the next 20 years.
The long-term forecast shows that 602,000 pilots, 610,000 maintenance technicians and 899,000 cabin crew members will be needed to support the global commercial fleet over the next two decades. The global fleet is expected to nearly double and grow to 47,080 aircraft by 2041, according to Boeing's recently released Commercial Market Forecast.
This year's PTO represents a 3.4% increase over 2021, excluding the Russia region, which is not anticipated in this year's forecast due to sanctions banning exports of Western-made aircraft and the market uncertainty. China, Europe and North America account for more than half of the total demand for new staff. The fastest growing regions are Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, with all three regions expected to grow more than 4% during the forecast period.
"As the commercial aviation industry recovers from the pandemic and plans for long-term growth, we anticipate a steady and growing demand for aviation personnel, as well as the ongoing need for highly effective training," said Chris Broom, Vice President of Commercial Training Solutions, of Boeing Global Services. "Our customer-centric approach and digital expertise includes a commitment to delivering data-driven, competency-based training and assessment of solutions and technologies that meet the evolving needs of our customers."
New digital solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of training would include immersive learning experiences and virtual learning platforms.
America Latin America will need 35,000 new pilots, 35,000 technicians and 48,000 cabin crew.
North America 128,000 new pilots, 134,000 technicians and 173,000 cabin crew.