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Boeing’s 20-Year Pilot, Technician, Cabin Crew Forecast

Boeing predicts a need for 2.3 million new pilots, technicians, and cabin crew in the next 20 years. The 2023 Outlook expects China, Eurasia, and North America to account for over half of the aviation staffing demand until 2042.

As the global commercial airplane fleet is expected to double by 2042, Boeing [NYSE: BA] anticipates an industry-wide need for 2.3 million new aviation personnel over the next two decades. This requirement aims to support the commercial fleet and accommodate the long-term growth in air travel.

The company’s 2023 Pilot and Technician Outlook (PTO) projects that commercial carriers will need significant personnel through 2042 to support the global commercial fleet:

  • 649,000 pilots
  • 690,000 maintenance technicians
  • 938,000 cabin crew members.

“With domestic air travel fully recovered and international traffic near pre-pandemic levels, demand for aviation personnel continues to increase,” said Chris Broom, vice president, Commercial Training Solutions, Boeing Global Services. “Our competency-based training and assessment offerings will help ensure high quality training for future and current aviation professionals and continue enhancing aviation safety through immersive and virtual training solutions.”

Through 2042, the PTO projects:

  • More than half of the demand for new industry personnel comes from China, Eurasia, and North America, with China leading.
  • Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia are the fastest-growing regions for personnel.
  • Despite previous omission due to uncertainty, Russia is now included in this year’s forecast, contributing 3% to global personnel demand.

The PTO forecast includes:

Region

 

 

 

 

 

New Pilots

 

New Technicians

 

New Cabin Crew

Global

 

 

 

 

 

649,000

 

690,000

 

938,000

Africa

 

 

 

 

 

21,000

 

22,000

 

26,000

China

 

 

 

 

 

134,000

 

138,000

 

161,000

Eurasia

 

 

 

 

 

143,000

 

156,000

 

235,000

Latin America

 

 

 

 

 

38,000

 

41,000

 

49,000

Middle East

 

 

 

 

 

58,000

 

58,000

 

99,000

North America

 

 

 

 

 

127,000

 

125,000

 

177,000

Northeast Asia

 

 

 

 

 

23,000

 

28,000

 

39,000

Oceania

 

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

11,000

 

18,000

South Asia

 

 

 

 

 

37,000

 

38,000

 

45,000

Southeast Asia

 

 

 

 

 

58,000

 

73,000

 

89,000

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