Monday, September 16, 2013

Breaking! Asia Pac needs more pilots, fewer technicians

Neelam Mathews
Sept 16, 2013

Procurement by Chinese carriers should rise 7 percent a year through to 2032, totaling 5,580 planes for $780 billion, accounting for one-sixth of global sales.
Boeing said today the Asia Pacific region will continue to lead in demand for new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians to support expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades. China alone will require  77,400 pilots and 93,900 technicians.
The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a bellwether industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, calls for 192,300 new commercial airline pilots and 215,300 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2032.
"There is a very real, urgent demand for competent aviation personnel globally, and the Asia Pacific region is particularly impacted," said Bob Bellitto, global sales director, Boeing Flight Services. "While Boeing is investing in cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation, this is an industry-wide issue that can only be solved with industry-wide solutions."
Given that the new gen aircraft were maintenance friendly, the demand for technicians was lower this year than last year.

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