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Boeing says 533,000 new pilots needed in next 20 years

A technician cleans the front windows of a Jet Airways Boeing aircraft during The India Aviation show at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on March 3, 2010
A technician cleans the front windows of a Jet Airways Boeing aircraft during The India Aviation show at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on March 3, 2010

US planemaker Boeing said about 533,000 new commercial pilots would be needed worldwide in the next two decades to cater to a growing global fleet.

It said 584,000 new maintenance technicians would also be required between 2014 and 2033.

"Pilot demand in the Asia Pacific region now comprises 41 percent of the world's need, and the Middle East region saw significant growth ...due to increased airline capacity and orders for wide-body models," a statement said.

"Overall, the global demand is driven by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly wide-body airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually," it added.

Boeing said the Asia Pacific region would need to recruit 216,000 pilots and 224,000 technicians in the next 20 years.

An Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 at Eindhoven airbase on July 22, 2014 ready to repatriate bodies of people killed in the MH17 crash
An Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 at Eindhoven airbase on July 22, 2014 ready to repatriate bodies of people killed in the MH17 crash

Europe will need 94,000 pilots and 102,000 technicians; North America 88,000 pilots and 109,000 technicians; and the Middle East will need 55,000 pilots and 62,000 technicians.

"The challenge of meeting the global demand for airline professionals cannot be solved by one company or in one region of the world," said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services.

"This is a global issue that can only be solved by all of the parties involved -— airlines, aircraft and training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organizations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions around the world."

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