As newer generation airplanes become more prevalent in worldwide fleets over the next 20 years, airplane reliability will improve, and maintenance check intervals will lengthen. Although this trend will moderate demand for maintenance personnel somewhat, the global need for technicians will remain strong.
Global fleet growth, along with the increasing trend for operators to outsource maintenance, repair, and overhaul activities to third-party providers, will drive an increased need for qualified technicians.
The need for maintenance personnel is largest in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 268,000 new technical personnel. Airlines in North America will require 127,000, Europe 118,000, the Middle East 66,000, Latin America 50,000, CIS / Russia 26,000, and Africa 24,000.