The growth of airline transportation in Asia and the Pacific will create a demand for hundreds of thousands of new airline pilots and maintenance personnel over the next two decades, a Boeing forecast says.
Boeing’s 2012 Pilot and Technician Outlook, predicts the region will need 185,600 additional pilots and 243,500 new aerospace technicians between now and 2030.
China, the region’s fastest growing country, alone will need 71,300 new pilots and 99,400 technicians.
“This great need for aviation personnel is a global issue, but it’s hitting the Asia Pacific region particularly hard,” said Bob Bellitto, global sales director for Boeing Flight Services.
“Some airlines are already experiencing delays and operational interruptions because they don’t have enough qualified pilots,” he said.
Boeing is working with foreign governments to create new training opportunities for pilots and technicians.