As the Asia-Pacific region continues to drive growth in the aviation industry, it is predicted that 17,000 aircraft and 816,000 airline personnel like pilots, cabin crew, technicians, and ground crew will be needed in the next 20 years. In a report by Chicago-based American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, they predict that 44,000 airplanes will be needed worldwide with 17,000 or 39% delivered to the Asia-Pacific region.
In a report, Keith Cooper, Boeing Global Services Vice President for Training and Professional Services said, "Demand for personnel in the Asia Pacific region remains significant, and we expect this trend to continue.” Cooper also said, "Boeing supports the full lifecycle of an aircraft to help make sure that our customers have qualified personnel to fly, maintain and staff them.”
Demand for pilots in the region will reach 244,000 which is 38% of pilots needed around the world, the report said. Out of that number, 124,000 pilots will be needed in China alone, which is even more than half of those needed in the region as a whole. This demand stems from anticipated fleet growth, retirement, and attrition. South East Asia accounts for 20% and South Asia for 17%.
The report also predicts that the Asia Pacific region will also lead the demand for 323,000 cabin crew which is 37% of the global demand 249,000 aircraft technicians which is 39% of the global demand. Again, China leads the demand with 150,000 cabin crew and 124,000 maintenance crew.