Asia Pacific tops demand for pilots

With expanding demand for new airplane deliveries, Southeast Asia will need around 48,100 pilots and 50,300 technicians over the next two decades, according to an estimate by American aircraft maker Boeing.

The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, shows the industry will need 192,300 new commercial pilots and 215,300 new technicians in the Asia-Pacific region through 2032.

"There is a very real demand for competent aviation personnel globally and the Asia-Pacific region is particularly impacted," said Bob Bellitto, global sales director with Boeing Flight Services, in a media statement.

Based on the forecast, China will need 77,400 pilots and 93,900 technicians, making it the nation with the biggest demand in the region.

The pilot and technician outlook is closely tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe. As it does with personnel demand, the Asia Pacific also leads the demand for new commercial airplane deliveries over the next 20 years, with 12,820 new airplanes needed by 2032, according to Boeing's 2013 current market outlook.