Middle East to account for 12% of global cabin crew demand

Middle East to account for 12% of global cabin crew demand

According to Boeing's 2017 Current Market Outlook, 3,350 new airplanes valued at $730 billion will be needed in the Middle East region by 2036.

"The fact that 85 percent of the world's population lives within an eight-hour flight of the Arabian Gulf, coupled with robust business models and investment in infrastructure, allows carriers in the Middle East to channel traffic through their hubs and offer one-stop service between many cities", he adds.

Boeing predicts that twin aisle aircraft will make up close to half of new airplanes while accounting for 70 percent of the prospective value at $520 billion.

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.

"Traffic growth in the Middle East is expected to grow at 5.6% annually during the next 20 years", said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 2017 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, saw an increase in the forecast over previous year, with pilot demand increasing to 63,000 (an 8.6 percent increase) and cabin crew demand increasing to 96,000 (a 4.3 percent increase). 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 region will need 1,770 single-aisle airplanes valued at $190 billion, driven by the growth of low-priced carriers", Boeing said.

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.

The Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook is closely tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe.