Boeing projects the Asia Pacific region will continue to lead the globe in demand for hundreds of thousands of new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians over the next two decades.

The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a bellwether industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, calls for 192,300 new commercial airline pilots and 215,300 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2032 to support expanding demand for new airplane deliveries.

“There is a very real, urgent demand for competent aviation personnel globally, and the Asia Pacific region is particularly impacted,” said Bob Bellitto, global sales director, Boeing Flight Services. “While Boeing is investing in cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation, this is an industry-wide issue that can only be solved with industry-wide solutions.”

Leading the region in projected demand for new pilots and technicians is China, with an estimated need for 77,400 pilots and 93,900 technicians, and broader Southeast Asia, where 48,100 pilots and 50,300 technicians are forecast to be needed.

“Tomorrow's aviation workforce is going to be very different than their present-day peers,” said Bellitto. “We need to focus on their expectations for learning, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based techniques to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and three-dimensional models.”

More information on the 2013 Pilot & Technician Outlook is available online.