Opportunities exist for 36,000 Africans in the aviation industry in the next 20 years, a new report has suggested.
According to the report by American aircraft maker, Boeing , Africa will be needing 17,000 commercial airline pilots and 19,000 maintenance technicians between now and 2033, as the global aviation industry continue to experience strong growth.
The world, according to the 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook by the company, will be needing the services of 533,000 new pilots and 584,000 new technicians.
“The challenge of meeting the global demand for airline professionals cannot be solved by one company or in one region of the world,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services.
She added that the increasing demand is a global issue that can only be solved by all stakeholders in the industry.
The Boeing 2014 outlook projects continued increases in pilot demand, which is up approximately 7 percent compared to 2013; and in maintenance training, which increased just over 5 percent, the report said.
A steady increase in airplane deliveries is driving the global demand, with wide-body airplanes the most patronised, according to the report, representing a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually.
According to the report, Asia Pacific will require 216,000 pilots and 224,000 technicians; Europe – 94,000 pilots and 102,000 technicians; North America – 88,000 pilots and 109,000 technicians; Latin America – 45,000 pilots and 44,000 technicians; Middle East – 55,000 pilots and 62,000 technicians; Russia and CIS – 18,000 pilots and 24,000 technicians.
Boeing says Airlines, aircraft and training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organizations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions are key to ensuring the global demand is met.