Boeing Projects Annual Need for 23,000 New Pilots

Boeing is projecting a need for almost a million new aviation jobs in the next 20 years.

Boeing is projecting that the commercial aviation industry will require more than a million new pilots and maintenance personnel over the next 20 years. In a recent press release, the aircraft manufacturer cited growing demand for new and replacement aircraft as the leading indicator of the need for new crew.

According to the crew assessment forecast, based on Boeing’s Current Market Outlook, training methods must be adapted and created to aid future generations in flying and maintaining the 30,000 new aircraft projected to be delivered through 2029.

The report indicates strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region, which is projected to require almost 400,000 new pilots and mechanics. China is the major player in the region, requiring nearly 200,000 personnel. This is compared to North America and Europe which combined will require at least 400,000 pilots and mechanics.

The challenge is in providing adequate training to safely train new pilots and mechanics worldwide to operate and maintain new, technologically-advanced aircraft. The training must be accessible worldwide and incorporate methodologies to cope with new learning styles. For these reasons, Boeing, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers worldwide, is also one of the leading providers of training products for the commercial aviation industry. Boeing’s training initiatives are some of the most innovative and are accepted worldwide.


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This article was written by Matthew Everett, a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to You can follow him on twitter @leaving_tf or find his blog at

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