The latest Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook projects that 763,000 new civil aviation pilots, 739,000 new maintenance technicians and 903,000 new cabin crew members will be needed to fly and maintain the global fleet over the next 20 years. The forecast is inclusive of the commercial aviation, business aviation and civil helicopter industries and assumes air traffic recovers to 2019 levels within the next few years.
According to the report:
"The market downturn has spurred large-scale parking of the global fleet, creating new challenges for the industry. Despite a large number of aircraft in storage, technicians continue to play a vital role in ensuring the aircraft remain airworthy. Improper or incomplete maintenance could lead
to corrosion, damaged wires and other issues that lead to more extensive and expensive repairs. The need for continued maintenance of the parked fleet has mitigated the impact on technician employment worldwide."
The technician demand projections are only down 3.9% from last year's outlook, which Boeing suggests is due in part to the temporary decrease in MRO demand.
See the full outlook here, and sign up to attend a live webinar with Boeing on Nov. 10.
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