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Global Pilot Demand Taking Off

Our corporate video concludes with a comment of the next international skills shortages and refers to aviation.

We knew it was coming, the industry knew what was about to hit and the plane manufacturers are trying to help as, without pilots and first officers there will be no sales, but the magnitude of the problems are brought home courtesy of statistics from Boeing and the numbers are boggling.

Demand for Pilots and First Officers taking off

The 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of required aviation personnel, calls for 185,600 new pilots and 243,500 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region by 2030. China will have the largest demand in the region, needing 71,300 pilots and 99,400 technicians over the next 20 years. However, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea already have well publicised problems with some airlines already experiencing delays and operational interruptions because they don’t have enough qualified pilots.

Booming economies in the region are driving travel demand. Airlines and training providers need new and more engaging ways to fill the pipeline of pilots and technicians for the future but in the interim it will be a battle of the chequebooks that will win the day as as pilot and technician skills move around the globe to fulfil demand and Asia is the hot spot at present.

Boeing is working globally to meet this anticipated demand. In June 2012, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to jointly work to establish aviation training programs. Boeing is also expanding partnerships around the world to develop a global flight school network to better supply capable and well-qualified aviation personnel. We are involved in similar planning processes and expect to go live in the second half of 2013.

The Boeing outlook projects that North East Asia will need 18,800 pilots and 26,500 technicians over the next 20 years. South East Asia will require 51,500 pilots and 67,400 technicians. The Oceania region will need 12,900 pilots and 17,100 technicians and South West Asia will need 31,000 pilots and 33,100 technicians.

Such is demand, it has brought a group of local, regional and international recruitment agencies together to pool their efforts in a coordinated manner and we are proud to be part of this initiative.  For Pilots and First Officers looking for immediate opportunities in the Asia region there are opportunities today  and there will be 1000’s more to follow as demand will continue to outstrip supply for the foreseeable future.

Whilst this article addresses Asia Pilot shortages exist in most market areas with even the USA that has been in the doldrums since 2008 being forecast to move into a shortage in 2014. Europe whilst continuing to struggle economically is now seeing a modest return to demand especially from the low cost carriers. However, all airlines and suppliers are chasing the same people and require the magic ingredient – experience.

And the last statistic – the Asia Pacific region also leads the demand for new commercial airplane deliveries over the next 20 years, with 12,030 new airplanes needed by 2031 according to Boeing’s 2012 Current Market Outlook, so you can see demand is not going to go away.


Author: Chris Slay

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