In its first Global Services Forecast, Airbus has predicted that the number of new pilots needed by the year 2035 will top 560,000.
“The marker for air travel will grow 4.5% per year on average for the next 20 years,” explained Bob Lange, Head of Market and Product services at the aircraft manufacturing giant. This means that Airbus will see more than 33,000 passenger and cargo aircraft delivered over that period, an increase of about 600 over what the company predicted last year.
The airframer confirmed that by the close of Farnborough International Airshow, it had increased net orders this year to 380 aircraft. The release from Airbus stated that its 11 training centres, with more being added, will support the need for qualified pilots, cabin crew and maintenance staff available to support the arrival of thousands of new aircraft into the airlines’ fleets.
Bob Lange, Airbus Head of Market and Product Strategy