Hot section: Boeing: More than Half a Million Mechanics NeEDED BY 2029

 - September 30, 2010, 7:22 AM

A study released recently by Boeing predicts a need for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel worldwide over the next 20 years, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for 180,000 and 220,000, respectively. China will experience the greatest need for pilots and maintenance personnel at 70,600 and 96,400, respectively.

North America will need 97,350 pilots and 137,000 maintenance workers; Europe 94,800 and 122,000; Africa 13,200 and 15,000; the Middle East 32,700 and 44,500; Latin America 37,000 and 44,000; and the CIS will need 11,000 pilots and 14,000 maintenance personnel. According to the report, air carriers will hire more than 23,000 pilots and 30,000 mechanics a year through 2029.   

“When you add up all the numbers, you quickly understand the issues facing this industry,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief customer officer for Boeing Training and Flight Services. “Our challenge is adapting our training to engage the future generation of people who will fly and maintain the more than 30,000 airplanes that will
be delivered by 2029.”