China leads Asia Pacific demand for aviation personnel
The demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians in the Asia Pacific region will be the highest in the world for the next 20 years, according to the newly released 2015 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook.
The demand in this region accounts for about 40 percent of the global need — more than the combined figures for Europe, Africa and North America.
Leading the demand in the Asia Pacific is China, which will require 100,000 pilots and 106,000 technicians, in addition to 6,330 new airplanes worth $950 billion. The demand from China amounts to about 45 percent of Asia’s needs.
“The rapid growth of lowcost carriers in China (from 10 to 30 percent in the past decade) will lead to a sharp surge on the purchase of new airplanes and expansion of flight crews,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services.
The report also projects that the world will need 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new maintenance technicians in order to maintain the world fleet over the same period of time. It anticipates the demand of 226,000 new commercial airline pilots, 238,000 new technicians and 14,330 new airplanes worth $2.2 trillion in the Asia Pacific region through 2034.
“Meeting this exponential demand will require innovative solutions — focused on new, digital technology — to match the learning requirements of a new generation,” said Carbary.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one of the company’s latest innovations. With unparalleled fuel efficiency and range flexibility, it enables carriers to profitably open new routes as well as optimize fleet and network performance. Boeing is also aiming to enable passengers to experience more comfort and less fatigue during flights. Airlines from China have been quick to snap the plane up.
“About 300 Dreamliners have been purchased by buyers all over the world, 30 percent of which are from Chinese Carbary.
Meanwhile, the growing diversity of aviation personnel will require instructors to possess cross-cultural and cross-generational skills in order to effectively engage the workforce of tomorrow. Boeing Flight Services is one such company that can offer such a solution.
Focused on facilitating efficient airline operations and projected aviation growth via the development of professional pilots and maintenance technicians, Boeing Flight Services is accepted by more than 100 regulatory agencies and operates a global network of 16 training campuses on six continents.
The company provides training in a variety of specializations, including flight, maintenance and cabin safety. Three of its regional training campuses also offer advanced 787 training suites for both flight and maintenance personnel.
Serving more than 400 customers, Boeing Flight Services offers approximately 80 full-flight simulators led by a team of over 100 maintenance
airlines,” said training instructors averaging 17 years of experience, and more than 400 instructor pilots averaging 30 years of experience.
“With tremendous growth in the Asia Pacific region, we are working closely with each of our customers to ensure they have the best-trained crews to operate the world’s best airplanes,” said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
In addition, Boeing Flight Services offers a range of services to support training centers such as simulator hardware and data packages, software modeling, training operations and schedule management. Airlines are able to purchase simulators and other training facilities from Boeing and get their crews trained in those appointed training campuses before carrying out their own training sections further.
“Our strategy is to bring training closer to customers, optimizing our global network to meet airline customers’ training commitments,” said Carbary.