Boeing has forecast demand for over 400,000 new pilots and technicians in the Asia Pacific region over the next 20 years through to 2030, of which 13,600 new pilots and 15,600 new technicians will be required in Oceania – Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The 2011 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook forecasts that China alone will need 72,700 pilots and 108,300 technicians over the next 20 years.
“The demand for aviation personnel is evident today. In Asia we’re already beginning to see some delays and operational disruptions due to a shortage of pilots,” Boeing Flight Services chief customer officer, Roei Ganzarski said.
“As an industry we must make a concentrated effort to get younger generations excited about careers in aviation. We are competing for talent with alluring hi-tech companies and we need to do a better job showcasing our industry as a global, technological, multi-faceted environment where individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines can make a significant impact.”