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Boeing sees demand for 1m more airline pilots, technicians over next 20 years

US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it projects the commercial aviation industry will need more than 1m new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades.

Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions, the firm said.

As the company marked the launch of 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami it released the 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook — a respected industry forecast of aviation personnel.

According to Boeing´s report, 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.

Global demand for technicians remains significant, at approximately 28,000 new technicians required annually. However, 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 airplane technologies featuring more advanced components are likely to lead in some areas to lower maintenance requirements and corresponding lower technician demand, Boeing said.

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