Saturday, September 18, 2010

1 million jobs in aviation Pilots and maintenance crew needed in next 20 years

By Karamjit Kaur, Aviation Correspondent

By 2029, the global aircraft fleet is expected to nearly double from 18,890 last year to 36,300 as demand for air travel grows by an average of 5.3 per cent a year. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

THE aviation industry is set to be a major player in the job market in the next two decades, with more than a million vacancies to be created for pilots and aircraft maintenance crew.

About four in 10 of the positions will be based in the Asia-Pacific, said aircraft-maker Boeing, which released its 20-year manpower forecast for the industry.

At a briefing in Singapore yesterday, the chief customer officer of Boeing Training and Flight Services, Mr Roei Ganzarski, said that the big demand for cockpit and ground crew is to support a fast-growing industry.

By 2029, the global aircraft fleet is expected to nearly double from 18,890 last year to 36,300 as demand for air travel grows by an average of 5.3 per cent a year.

But while the industry has been ramping up training programmes for pilots and maintenance crew, recruitment may still be tough, said Mr Ganzarski, because of a lack of facilities.

There is also the risk that quality may be compromised as airlines, aircraft maintenance companies and other players race to meet the projected needs of 466,650 pilots, twice the number now, and 596,500 maintenance crew, which is about six times more than the number of workers today, over the next 20 years.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.

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