Airline Jobs

Airline Jobs and Opportunities: 617,000 NEW Pilots needed over next 20 years


BoeingForecastGraphThe future looks excellent for aspiring Airline Pilots and Airline jobs in general.

Check out the 2016 Boeing Outlook which forecasts the needs for both pilots and technical staff over the next 20 years.  The graph to the right summarises the forecast.

617,000 new pilots needed over the next 20 years with 248,00 needed in the Asia-Pacific. That equates to an average annual  demand of 30,850 worldwide and 12,400 annually for the Asia-Pacific region alone.

Its a very positive forecast that should provide comfort, incentive and motivation to those thinking of an Airline Career.

Amongst many other positive developments for the Airline Industry, over recent years we have witnessed some of the biggest aircraft orders ever.

In August 2015 Indigo Airlines ordered 250 A320neo aircraft.

Air Asia placed an even bigger order for 200 Aircraft and then in February 2012 Lion Air from Indonesia broke the record again with an order from Boeing for 230 aircraft.

For EVERY one Airliner that an Airlines operates, the Airline requires approximately 12 pilots.

August 2015. Indigo Airlines in India ordered 250 Aircraft from Airbus. That’s approximately 3000 NEW Pilot Jobs.

June 2011. Air Asia ordered 200 Aircraft from Airbus. That’s approximately 2400 NEW pilot jobs.

February 2012. Lion Air places biggest aircraft order in history with an order of 230 aircraft from Boeing. That’s approximately 2760 NEW pilot jobs.


Review the worldwide Airbus commercial results with the summary table, below.

In addition to orders, deliveries and aircraft in operations, this table shows Airbus’ backlog, which is the number of jetliners on firm order that remain to be delivered.

For a full listing, utilise the link underneath the summary table to download the latest Excel file – which is updated monthly and lists all firm commercial aircraft transactions, including the family of Airbus executive and private aviation jetliners.

A300/A310 Single aisle A330/A340/A350 A380 Total
Total orders 816 12714 2825 319 16674
Total deliveries 816 7156 1694 193 9859
Backlog 0 5558 1131 126 6815
Aircraft in operation 344 6843 1587 193 8967

Boeing Unfilled Orders by Model Through July 2016

Model Series Orders Deliveries Unfilled
Total Unfilled Orders 5697
737 MAX 3278 3278
737-700 1191 1118 73
737-700C 20 19 1
737-800 5019 4120 899
737-800A 104 67 37
737-900ER 506 391 115
BBJ 120 119 1
Total Unfilled for 737 4404
747-8 51 41 10
747-8F 74 64 10
Total Unfilled for 747 20
767-2C 4 4
767-300F 192 115 77
Total Unfilled for 767 81
777-300ER 800 665 135
777F 158 123 35
777X 306 306
Total Unfilled for 777 476
787-10 153 153
787-8 431 309 122
787-9 577 136 441
Total Unfilled for 787 716
Total Unfilled Orders 5697


As it takes time to be trained as a pilot and gain experience, now is a great time to get yourself ready for an Airline Career. Not only will you be getting into an exciting new career with all the benefits of prestige, travel and great job satisfaction but you’ll also have the opportunity to earn great money while you’re doing so!

If it’s not airline jobs you’re after there will always be plenty of jobs in areas like Charter, Coastal Surveillance, Flying Instructing, Aerial Crop Spraying, Corporate Pilot and Air Ambulance.

For most airline jobs you will require as a minimum, a Commercial Pilot Licence with Multi Engine Endorsement and Multi Engine Instrument Rating.

Australian National Airline College will provide you with the skills you need to apply for your first job. Like many student pilots who have trained with us and now fly for various airlines throughout the world, Australian National Airline College provides the grounding you need to get your career off to a flying start.

So what’s stopping you? Let us show you how.

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