As newer-generation airplanes become more prevalent in worldwide aviation fleets over the next 20 years, airplane reliability will improve, and maintenance-check intervals will lengthen. Although these advances will moderate demand somewhat, the global need for technicians will remain strong. Global fleet growth—along with an increasing trend in outsourcing maintenance, repair, and overhaul activities to third-party providers in emerging markets—will drive an increased need for qualified technicians sourced from more locations.
The future need for maintenance personnel is again largest in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 238,000 new technical personnel. Airlines in Europe will require 101,000; North America, 113,000; the Middle East, 66,000; Latin America, 47,000; and the CIS and Africa, 22,000 each.