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Aviation in Numbers: CAE, Airbus, and Boeing Projections

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CAE has published its last report: 1.3 million new employees will be needed by 2032. Boeing and Airbus have done the same. According to the main stakeholders in the aviation industry, in the coming years, many jobs will be created due to the growth and expansion of airline carriers and airports. Pilots (Captains and first officers) will be needed, as well as flight attendants, mechanics and airport workers. But not only, because also many administrative and IT jobs will be needed from airlines to face the rapid growth.

CAE prevision for the 2032

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“As commercial aviation approaches complete recovery and business aviation surpasses pre-pandemic levels, CAE’s Aviation Talent Forecast indicates that the demand for skilled personnel will continue to rise. To meet this growing demand over the next decade and beyond, the industry will need to collaborate and innovate to establish a consistent flow of highly trained professionals”, According to CAE, a global provider of training and simulation technologies for civil and military aviation, the industry has not only achieved recovery but is also experiencing a scarcity of personnel, which is crucial for maintaining essential operations in the near future. Precisely CAE forecasts the needs as following: in Commercial aviation a total need of 1.18 million new employees: 252,000 Pilots  328,000 Maintenance technicians, 599,000 Cabin crew, while in Business aviation 32,000 Pilots and 74,000 Maintenance technicians.

Airbus’ plans for the next 20 years

Regarding plane orders, the worldwide fleet of Airbus is projected to grow significantly, reaching 46,560 aircraft by 2042. Airbus’s estimates are based on a medium scenario with an expected traffic growth rate of 3.6%. However, this growth could face challenges due to factors like environmental regulations and energy supplies, which may act as headwinds. On the other hand, further liberalization and a “more stable world order” could provide tailwinds, supporting the projected growth.

The strongest growth is anticipated in the Asian market, with India leading the way as the world’s fastest-growing market, closely followed by China, according to Airbus’s forecast.

Boeing expansion

Based on Boeing’s forecast, the worldwide fleet of commercial jets is projected to reach a total of 48,600 units, encompassing a variety of aircraft types, such as widebodies, narrowbodies, regional models, and freighters. This estimate highlights the significant growth and expansion expected in the aviation industry in the coming years.

“The aviation industry has shown resilience by simplifying fleets, improving efficiency, and capitalizing on resurgent demand after unprecedented disruptions”, said the Boeing Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Brad McMullen.

General aviation, particularly private jets, will also experience growth, with the number of private jets rising from 22,000 to 26,000.

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