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Aviation will need one million new pilots and technicians

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Boeing projects the commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next 20 years.

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Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions. Today, at an event marking the launch of 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami, the company released the 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel.

The Boeing outlook indicates that by 2032 the world will require 498,000 new commercial airline pilots, and 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

The 2013 outlook projects significant increases in pilot demand, compared to previous forecasts, in all regions except Europe, which declined slightly over last year's outlook. Overall, the demand is driven by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly single-aisle airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 25,000 new pilots annually.

Projected demand for new pilots and technicians by global region:
Asia Pacific – 192,300 pilots and 215,300 technicians
Europe – 99,700 pilots and 108,200 technicians
North America – 85,700 pilots and 97,900 technicians
Latin America – 48,600 pilots and 47,600 technicians
Middle East – 40,000 pilots and 53,100 technicians
Africa – 16,500 pilots and 15,900 technicians
Russia and CIS – 15,200 pilots and 18,000 technicians

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