Boeing released its annual Pilot and Technician Outlook. The 2023 version reveals that commercial aviation will need 649,000 pilots, 690,000 technicians, and 938,000 cabin crewmembers over the next 20 years. The report tracks the need for personnel among commercial airlines and commercial freight, noting that domestic air travel has returned to pre-pandemic levels and international travel is expected to return by 2024.
Air travel demand is outpacing economic growth as domestic markets have fully recovered from the pandemic years, while international traffic is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024. Effective training and an adequate supply of personnel remain critical to maintain the health, safety and prosperity of the global aviation ecosystem. The demand for training and related services has shown signs of faster recovery, but the industry still faces lingering challenges in meeting the demand.