Nearly 200,00 new pi­lots needed over the next two decades

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So says Boe­ing’s 2018 Pi­lot & Tech­ni­cian Out­look, which fore­casts demand for 790,000 pi­lots over the next twenty years. ‘This rep­re­sents dou­ble the cur­rent work­force and the most sig­nif­i­cant demand in the Out­look’s nine-year his­tory,’ the man­u­fac­turer says. The demand is be­ing driven by an an­tic­i­pated dou­bling of the global com­mer­cial air­liner fleet, ac­com­pa­nied by record-high air travel demand and a tight­en­ing labour sup­ply.

“De­spite strong global air traf­fic growth, the avi­a­tion in­dus­try con­tin­ues to face a pi­lot labour sup­ply challenge, rais­ing con­cern about the ex­is­tence of a global pi­lot short­age in the neart­erm,” said Keith Cooper, Boe­ing Global Ser­vices’ Vice-pres­i­dent of Train­ing & Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices. “An em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of pi­lots is key to help mit­i­gate this. With a net­work of train­ing cam­puses and re­la­tion­ships with flight schools around the globe, Boe­ing part­ners with cus­tomers, gov­ern­ments and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions to help en­sure the mar­ket is ready to meet this sig­nif­i­cant pi­lot demand.”

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