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Boeing says Middle East airlines to hire 200,000 personnel in next 20 years

58,000 pilots, 92,000 cabin crew, 66,000 technicians need to be hired in the region from 2016 to 2035, says report

Boeing says Middle East airlines to hire 200,000 personnel in next 20 years
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US plane maker Boeing said on Wednesday it expects airlines in the Middle East to recruit 200,000 new personnel in the next two decades to meet the increasing demand for aircraft.

The aviation sector will require 58,000 pilots, 92,000 cabin crew and 66,000 technicians which it terms as “the one of the largest in the world,” according to the 2016-2035 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook.

The number of new aviation personnel required in the 20-year span will reach 2.1 million driven by new airplane deliveries across the globe.

“We are continuing to see significant need for new pilots and maintenance technicians. This translates into exciting career opportunities for those interested in the aerospace industry,” Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services, said.

In the UAE, airlines are continuing to hire more staff as they expand their fleet.

In November, Etihad held a pilot recruiting drive across Europe as its fleet size is expected to increase to 179 from 123 aircraft between 2016 and 2025. Emirates has said earlier it was planning to hire 10,000 new employees in 2016, including 400 to 500 pilots.

Asia-Pacific region will lead the recruitment drive, over 500,000 new pilots and technicians.

China will recruit 111,000 pilots and 119,000 technicians followed by Southeast Asia 62,000 pilots and 67,000 technicians; South Asia 41,000 pilots and 39,000 technicians and Oceanic region 13,000 pilots and 17,000 technicians, the report said.

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