Airlines across the United Arab Emirates as well as the rest of the region of the Middle East will need as many as 200,000 additional personnel to support growing demand for deliveries of new aircraft during the upcoming two decades, said U.S. based Boeing.
The plane maker in the U.S. announced in its Wednesday report that the Middle East’s industry of commercial aviation would need almost 92,000 for cabin crew, over 58,000 for pilots and technicians of over 66,000.
The recruiting of personnel for the aviation industry will be one of the biggest anywhere in the world.
Boeing Flight Services Vice President Sherry Carbary said that Boeing was continuing to see substantial need for more pilots as well as maintenance technicians.
That means there are a plethora of exciting opportunities for aviation careers for those who are interested, said VP Carbary.
Carriers based in the UAE continued hiring more staff in 2016 as their goal to expand fleet and to introduce new destinations continues on a strong pace.
Etihad, which is expecting its overall fleet to grow to 179 from its current 123 between now and 2025, started to recruit pilots in Europe during November.
Emirates Group earlier had projected to hire over 400 but fewer than 500 pilots or in all 10,000 new employees during 2016.
Around the world, the number of new personnel in aviation that will be needed from 2016 to 2035 will reach more than 2.1 million, according to the Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook for those years.
The maker of aircraft said the forecast it has is tied to the projections for new deliveries of aircraft across the globe.
Demand for more pilots is driven primarily by new deliveries of airplanes and the fleet mix, while demand for new technicians is driven primarily by an increase in fleet.
Overall, the region of Asia-Pacific will be the leader in recruiting with over 500,000 pilots and technicians needed.
Just in China, it is expected that the aviation industry will need over 111,000 new pilots and more than 119,000 new technicians.
While in Southeast Asia, the industry will need as many as 62,000 pilots and 66,000 technicians. In the Oceanic area, there will be a need for 13,000 pilots and 18,000 technicians.