The pilot and technician outlook from United States plane manufacturer Boeing showed an 8.6 per cent increase in regional demand for pilots to 63,000 and a 4.3 per cent increase in demand for cabin crew to 96,000, compared to a year ago.
Boeing seems to be upbeat about the traffic growth in the Middle East, and has projected that the region would need 3,350 new airplanes over next two decades with an estimated investment of $730 billion.
"With the anticipated demand for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in the Middle East, there is clearly a tremendous need to ensure personnel are available to fill those roles", said David Longridge, vice president of commercial services sales for Boeing Global Services.
However, a higher percentage of cabin crew will be needed on twin-aisle planes due to regulation requiring that more staff are present on larger jets.
With new airplane deliveries to the region forecasted to be split almost 50-50 between single-aisle and twin-aisle airplanes, there is a similar split in anticipated personnel demand. Over half of the airplanes are expected to be single aisle aircraft such as the 737MAX and will be valued at around $190 billion.
The strong long-term demand for wide-body airplanes was reinforced at the show as Emirates Airline announced a commitment to purchase 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $15.1 billion at current list prices. The demand for single aisle aircraft is fueled primarily by the growth of low-priced carriers in the region.
Meanwhile, Boeing's presence and support for the Middle East also includes Global Services, the company's third and newest business unit which is expanding its service offerings to better support the region's airlines and aircraft.
Across the globe, Boeing has forecasted long term demand at 41,030 aircraft, which is valued at $6.1 trillion.