Boeing Says China Will Need 73,000 New Airline Pilots And 110,000 Aircraft Mechanics By 2030

by Aviation News Reporter on June 26, 2011

Boeing Says China Will Need 73,000 New Airline Pilots

Boeing Says China Will Need 73,000 New Airline Pilots By 2030

Boeing Co. has predicted that China will need a total of 72,700 new commercial airline pilots and 108,300 maintenance technicians by the year 2030.

According to Boeing’s 2011 Pilot and Technician Outlook, as the global commercial fleet size is expected to increase to more than 39,500 airplanes over the next 20 years, the world aviation industry will require 460,000 new commercial airline pilots and 650,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians by 2030. Boeing predicted that the aviation industry will need an average of 23,000 new pilots and 32,500 new technicians every year over the next 20 years.

Boeing says that the largest demand for pilots and technicians will be in the Asia Pacific region with an expected need for 182,300 pilots and 247,400 technicians. China alone account for about 40 percent of the total need in the region.

North America will need 82,800 pilots and 134,800 technicians while Europe will require 92,500 pilots and 129,600 technicians.

Boeing called on the world aviation industry to invest, evolve and adapt to meet the expected exponential growth in demand for qualified aviation personnel.

“To meet the demand for capable, well-trained people, Boeing and the aviation industry need to move with the speed of technology to provide the tools, training and work environment that tech-savvy pilots and technicians will expect from us,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services.

“We are adapting our technologies, devices and training methods to attract new people to the industry. That means new-tech solutions, including online and mobile computing that is engaging, realistic, portable and accessible to meet the learning styles of today’s and future generations,” Carbary said.

Pilot shortages have long been one of the factors that drag down the develeopment of China’s commercial aviation industry.

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