Boeing Forecasts Increased Demand for Airline Pilots in Middle East to Support Recent Orders
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
In a class room at one of Boeing's training facilities
DUBAI - Boeing [NYSE: BA] projects that airlines in the Middle East will need nearly 100,000 new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new aircraft deliveries over the next two decades. 

At the Dubai Air Show this week, Boeing released the regional projections of the 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel.

With the aviation industry in the Middle East growing faster than the world average, the Boeing outlook forecasts the region will require 40,000 pilots and 53,100 technicians over the next 20 years.

Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said: "We're seeing a significant, urgent need for competent aviation personnel in the Middle East and across the globe due to the growth in airline fleets.

"We are working hard with airlines, regulators, independent flight schools and other industry groups to make training accessible, affordable and efficient so that anyone in the Middle East—or anywhere else in the world—who qualifies can become a pilot or maintenance technician in this high-tech industry."

"This is an issue that has the attention of the entire aviation industry.

"To attract a new generation of pilots and technicians, we need to train them in new ways. At Boeing, we are continually looking at innovative training methods, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based learning to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and three-dimensional electronic modeling techniques. We need to make sure aviation is as great a career option for the world's youth as it is for us."

For the Middle East region an average of 2,000 new pilots and more than 2,600 new airline technicians will be needed each year to meet the expected demand. 

The 2013 global 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 aircraft deliveries. In the Middle East, more than 60 percent of the pilot demand will be driven by increased deliveries of twin-aisle, or widebody aircraft . 

In terms of demand for technicians, the introduction of more efficient and smarter airplanes will require fewer mechanics over time, as aging aircraft—which typically require more maintenance—are retired from service.

New aircraft technologies featuring more advanced components are likely to lead in some areas to lower maintenance requirements and corresponding lower technician demand.  

Projected demand for new pilots and technicians by region:

 Region Pilots  Technicians
Asia Pacific  192,300  215,300 
 Europe 99,700 108,200
 North America85,700  97,900
 Latin America 48,600 47,600
 Middle East 40,000 53,100
 Africa 16,500 15,900
 Russia and CIS 15,200 18,000