With the aviation industry in the Middle East growing faster than the world average, the region will require 40,000 pilots and 53,100 technicians over the next 20 years, according to Boeing’s 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook. “We’re seeing a significant, urgent need for competent aviation personnel in the Middle East and across the globe due to the growth in airline fleets,” Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said. “We are working hard with airlines, regulators, independent flight schools and other industry groups to make training accessible, affordable and efficient so that anyone in the Middle East – or anywhere else in the world – who qualifies can become a pilot or maintenance technician in this high-tech industry.” For the Middle East region, an average of 2,000 new pilots and more than 2,600 new airline technicians will be needed each year to meet the expected demand.
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