Help wanted: Boeing Says Airlines Need 1 Million Workers

Boeing says the airline industry
will need to hire more than one million workers over the next 20 years to
prepare for a wave of 30,000 new aircraft according to CNN.


The airlines will need to hire
466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance crew workers between 2010 and 2029, the
aircraft maker said Thursday.

That means the industry
will need an average of 23,300 new pilots and 30,000 maintenance workers
annually from now until 2029, the company said.

“Our challenge is adapting our training to engage the future
generation of people who will fly and maintain the more than 30,000 airplanes
that will be delivered by 2029,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief customer
officer for Boeing Training & Flight Services, in a statement.

The largest need for new
personnel is in the Asia-Pacific region, where about 180,000 pilots and 220,000
maintenance workers will be required, the company said. Airlines in this region
come to the United States to hire new pilots as they don’t have the flight
training infrastructure that exists here.

In North America, the commercial airline industry will need about 97,000 pilots and
137,000 maintenance crew members, Boeing said. Similar numbers will be needed
in Europe.