SEATTLE -- In the latest forecast of future airline jobs, Boeing expects the world’s airlines to hire 814,000 flight attendants. This is the first time that cabin crew members have been added to the now seven-year-old forecast.
Previously, Boeing has made forecasts for pilots and mechanics, saying over the next two years, globally speaking, airlines will need 679,000 technicians and 617,000 pilots -- raising its estimates for both categories around 11% over last year’s forecast.
The Asia-Pacific region, according to Boeing, will continue to lead with the most new jobs generated. But North America and Europe are also large generators of new airline jobs largely because of an upcoming wave of retirements, says Sherry Carbary, Boeing’s Vice President for Flight Services with the company’s airliner business.
The creating of the officially named “Pilot and Technician Outlook” which now includes members of the cabin crew, comes decades after Boeing established the Current Market Outlook, or CMO for forecasted global sales of airliners regardless of manufacturer.
The current Boeing CMO is calling for the sale of 39,620 planes over the next twenty years on the same basis as the personnel forecast, the years 2016 through 2035.
One of the drivers behind the number of jobs is that the largest percentage of airplanes expected to be delivered to airlines are so called “single aisle” jets, which include the Boeing 737 and the Airbus 320. These are jet families which experience high rates of utilization, flying multiple flights in a single day requiring multiple teams of pilots and flight attendants. The exact numbers vary from airline to airline and country to country depending on business models and regulatory requirements.