Airline Pilot Hiring OutlookCareer & Pilot Salary Information for 2019-2020
For many pilots, getting paid to fly is a dream come true and becoming a pilot is not as difficult as you might think — and, right now, is a great time to get started on your pilot career.
According to the 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, projections show that “804,000 new civil aviation pilots, 769,000 new maintenance technicians, and 914,000 new cabin crew will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years”. The major contributing factors fueling the global pilot shortage include:
- Global economic growth
- Increasing demand for air travel with record numbers of passengers
- Airline pilot retirements versus pilots training to replace them
Growing Demand for Professional Pilots
In its 2019 Aerospace Forecast, the FAA cites the airline pilot shortage as an ongoing issue for regional airlines. One major contributing factor is the record number of passengers flying worldwide. Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer, all leading aircraft manufactures, project increasing (even doubling) their commercial jet fleets to account for these demands for air travel by consumers.
Trusted by more than 100 aviation regulatory agencies worldwide, the current Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook concludes that the aviation industry will need to supply more than 645,000 commercial airline pilots worldwide over the next 20 years. Boeing's Current Market Outlook reports that the global commercial jet fleet is projected to double in size by 2038. To meet demand, Boeing forecasts deliveries of over 44,000 new commercial aircraft in the coming years.
Airbus, international manufacturer of passenger aircraft ranging in size from 100-seat jetliners to the 850 passenger double-deck A380, states in their Global Market Forecast that airline traffic is forecast to double in size in the next 15 years. Airbus believes the small commercial aircraft segment, like the new A220, will represent 76% of the deliveries. Airbus notes that commercial aviation has been resilient to external shocks with traffic more than doubling in size since 2000.
Embraer is one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. It has produced more than 5,000 aircraft and is the market leader for commercial jets with up to 150 seats. Embraer’s Market Outlook projects 10,550 new jet deliveries, with up to 150 seats, over the next 20 years. Embraer foresees worldwide demand for air transport increasing an average of 4.4% annually through 2038.