ME needs 58,000 new pilots to meet demand

The Middle East will need 58,000 new pilots to meet air passenger demand in the region over the next 20 years, according to US plane maker Boeing.

Its 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook also revealed the region will need to recruit a further 66,000 technicians and 92,000 cabin crew during the same period.

Boeing forecasts that between 2016 and 2035, the world’s commercial aviation industry will require about 617,000 new commercial airline pilots, 679,000 new maintenance technicians and 814,000 new cabin crew.

The 2016 outlook shows a growth of approximately 11% over the 2015 outlook for pilots and maintenance technicians. Demand is driven by changes in fleet mix and overall fleet growth, Boeing added.

The outlook represents a global requirement for about 31,000 new pilots, 35,000 new technicians and 40,000 cabin crew annually.

Boeing’s forecasts come as Middle East carriers look set to post a $1.6 billion profit in 2016, up slightly on the $1.4 billion reported for 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said last month.

Capacity in the region is set to grow by 12.2%, outpacing an expected 11.2 percent expansion in demand.

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