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Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook 2021-2040

The most recent Pilot and Technician Outlook reflects the effects of COVID-19 on the industry but still estimates that 612,000 new pilots, 626,000 new maintenance technicians and 886,00 new cabin crew members will be needed to fly and maintain the global commercial fleet over the next 20 years.

The Boeing Outlook notes that “meeting projected pilot, aircraft mechanic and flight attendant demand is wholly dependent on industry’s investment in a steady pipeline of newly qualified personnel to replace those who have left or will soon exit the industry through mandatory retirement, early retirement, recent layoffs and furloughs, and ongoing attrition. The global aviation industry will need to keep a sharp focus and engage in collective efforts to build a robust, diverse talent pipeline through more educational outreach and recruitment, development of new pathways to aviation careers, investment in early-career learning opportunities, and deployment and adoption of more efficient learning methods. Opportunity for aspiring aviators will abound while operators will face stiff competition in recruiting and retaining top tier talent.”