Dubai: Airlines in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East will require an additional 200,000 personnel to support the growing demand for new aircraft deliveries over the next two decades, according to Boeing.
The US planemaker announced in its report on Wednesday that the region’s commercial aviation industry will need about 92,000 cabin crew, 58,000 pilots and 66,000 technicians alone. The recruitment of aviation personnel will be one of the largest in the world.
“We are continuing to see significant need for new pilots and maintenance technicians. This translates into exciting career opportunities for those interested in the aerospace industry,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services.
UAE-based carriers continued to hire additional staff this year as they look to expand their fleet and introduce new destinations. Etihad, which expects its fleet to expand from 123 to 179 aircraft between 2016 and 2025, started recruiting pilots across Europe in November. Emirates Group had earlier projected to hire about 400 to 500 pilots, or a total of 10,000 new employees in 2016. More info