Forecast predicts over 450,000 new pilots will be required by 2031

Boeing has estimated that 465,000 new commercial pilots will be required worldwide over the next twenty years, as airlines expand their fleets.

Boeing has estimated that 465,000 new pilots will be required worldwide over the next twenty years, as airlines expand their fleets.

Additionally, the company estimates that 601,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians will be needed by 2031.

The predictions are part of Boeing’s 2012 Pilot and Technician Outlook, which was released ay Farnborough International Airshow.

"In many regions of the world, our customers are facing challenges in recruiting personnel due to pilot and technician shortages," said Sherry Carbary, Vice President of Boeing Flight Services.

"Boeing is committed to developing innovative solutions that address this critical need by leveraging our knowledge, expertise and experienced global team to give our customers and the industry the training advantage they need to succeed."

Boeing’s forecast predicts that the biggest area for demand is Asia Pacific, which is expected to require 185,600 pilots and 243,500 technicians.

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Europe, meanwhile, is estimated to need an extra 100,900 pilots and 129,700 technicians.

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