Boeing forecasts that more than 500,000 new pilots and technicians will be needed in Asia-Pacific over the next 20 years.

The airframer anticipates demand to be driven by the large number of aircraft deliveries for the region. It foresees carriers in Asia-Pacific requiring 248,000 fresh commercial pilots through to 2035, up from its projection of 226,000 last year. It will also need 268,000 new technicians over the next two decades.

Leading the region in demand for new pilots and technicians is China, which is expected to require 111,000 pilots and 119,000 technicians. Southeast Asia comes in second place with the requirement for 62,000 pilots and 67,000 technicians.

Boeing also expects to see “long-term demand” from other parts of the region.

It forecasts that South Asia will require 41,000 pilots and 39,000 technicians and Northeast Asia to need 21,000 pilots and 26,000 technicians. The Oceania region will require 13,000 pilots and 17,000 technicians.

“The demand for new pilots is primarily driven by new airplane deliveries and fleet mix, while new technician demand is primarily driven by fleet growth,” says Boeing.

It adds that Asia-Pacific accounts for 40% of the global personnel needs, due to fleet growth in the single-aisle market, largely driven by low-cost carriers.

Boeing also expects a need for over 15, 000 new aircraft, valued at $2.35 trillion, in the Asia-Pacific over the next 20 years.

Source: Cirium Dashboard