Soaring demand for pilots and technicians in Asia
Asia accounts for about 40% of global demand, fuelled by low-cost airlines
THE demand for pilots and aircraft technicians in Asia is flying high and on course to be stronger than in any other region, says US plane-maker Boeing.
Carriers in the burgeoning China market and low-cost airlines such as AirAsia, Tigerair and Jetstar will fuel much of the demand.
Top-tier carriers such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will also grow over the next two decades.
In a briefing in Singapore yesterday, Boeing's sales director for training and services, Mr Bob Bellitto, said the region will need 192,300 new pilots and 215,300 technicians over the next 20 years - about 40 per cent of global demand.