Over the upcoming 20 years, aviation industry will need 790,000 pilots - or double of today’s workforce, according to Boeing’s 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, released on July 23, 2018.
The demand is being driven by an anticipated doubling of the global commercial airplane fleet, record-high air travel demand and a tightening labor supply, is noted in a statement by the U.S. manufacturer.
"Despite strong global air traffic growth, the aviation industry continues to face a pilot labor supply challenge, raising concern about the existence of a global pilot shortage in the near-term," said Keith Cooper, vice president of Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global Services.
Despite the commercial pilot demand forecast holding nearly steady, maintenance technician demand decreased slightly from 648,000 to 622,000, primarily due to longer maintenance intervals for new aircraft. Collectively, the business aviation and civil helicopter sectors will demand an additional 155,000 pilots and 132,000 technicians.
Demand for commercial cabin crew increased slightly from 839,000 to 858,000, due to changes in fleet mix, regulatory requirements, denser seat configurations and multi-cabin configurations that offer more personalized service. In addition, 32,000 new cabin crew will be required to support business aviation.