MIAMI — Boeing has released today its 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook, projecting a demand for nearly 1.5 million pilots and technicians over the next two decades.

The airframer predicts that 617,000 new airline pilots and 679,000 technicians will be needed for the coming 20 years, showing a growth of 10.5 percent for pilots over the 2015 outlook and 11.3 percent for maintenance technicians.

For the first time this year, the company also released a cabin crew outlook, predicting a demand for 814,000 new flight attendants, or about 40,000 per year.

During the 2016 Farnborough Airshow, Boeing presented its Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), in which it was projected a worldwide demand for 39,620 aircraft for the next 20 years. According to Boeing, the new pilot demand is primarily driven by fleet growth, with the Asia-Pacific region concentrating 40 percent of the global need, fueled by the low-cost carriers (LCCs).

Region

New Pilots

New Technicians

New Cabin Crew

Asia-Pacific

248,000

268,000

298,000

Europe

104,000

118,000

169,000

North America

112,000

127,000

151,000

Latin America

51,000

50,000

51,000

Middle East

58,000

66,000

92,000

Africa

22,000

24,000

27,000

Russia / CIS

22,000

26,000

26,000

Boeing also highlighted the demand in North America, resulting from the opening of new regional markets such as Cuba and Mexico, while Europe has increased its demand as a response to “a strong intra-European Union market.”