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