The largest increase in pilot hiring will be in the Asia-Pacific region with over 1/3 of the worldwide demand needed there. In Asia, China will continue to lead the pilot demand with over 70,000 new pilots needed during the 20 year period.
Both North America and Europe will each need nearly 100,000 new airline pilots during the 20 year period from 2009 to 2029.
In a separate article, Boeing predicted steady growth in airline purchases in Africa over the next 20 years. More than 700 airplanes will be needed to meet demand in that region during that period. Air travel in Africa is forecasted to grow as the economy continues to expand there.
Boeing also announced earlier this week that Cathay Pacific Airways has exercised an existing purchasing right to acquire six more Boeing 777-300ERs. This purchase will increase Cathay Pacific’s fleet of B777s from 30 to 36. Cathay Pacific is one of the leading airlines in the Asia-Pacific region contributing significantly to the growth forecasts there including hiring beginning and experience pilots.
The collection of press releases from Boeing can be found here:
(1) “Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways Finalize Contract for Six 777-300ERs”, Sept. 22, 2010
(2) “Boeing Projects Steady Growth for Commercial Airplanes Market in Africa,” Sept. 21, 2010.
(3) “Boeing Projects Requirement for More than One Million Pilots and Maintenance Personnel Over Next 20 Years,” Sept. 15, 2010.
(4) “Boeing Projects $700 Billion Commercial Airplanes Market in North America,” Sept. 2, 2010. http://boeing.mediaroom.com/
Sunrise Aviation, a pilot training school in Ormond Beach, Florida, has been training pilots for the worldwide market for the past 27 years. Recently, students from both Asia and the Middle East have numbered among the largest at Sunrise Aviation including large groups of students from India and Saudi Arabia. But pilots from Africa, South America, and Europe have also begun their airline careers as students at Sunrise Aviation. Inquiries and enrollments from students interested in being professional pilots from North America including the USA, Canada and the Bahamas has also recently increased.
Florida remains one of the preferred destinations for students seeking training as pilots. Florida’
Sunrise Aviation is located just 7 miles north of Daytona Beach and only an hour away from Orlando. Central Florida is an excellent location for pilot training and offers non-aviation attractions such as the world famous beaches, theme parks, and many other activities.
Students interested in taking advantage of the increase in pilot demand can contact Sunrise Aviation at the following:
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