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August 2015

Boeing sees soaring demand for technicians bookmark

Technicians are in particular demand as the world’s airlines will add over 38,000 aircraft to the global fleet over the next 20 years.


Boeing projects that, between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians. 


Overall global demand for these skilled resources will be driven by continued economic expansion, resulting in an average requirement of more than 30,000 new technicians every year. The increased demand for maintenance technicians is up by approximately 5% compared to the 2014 Outlook.


The 20-year projected demand for new pilots and technicians by region is broken down as such:

Asia Pacific- 238,000

North America- 113,000

Europe- 101,000

Middle East- 66,000

Latin America- 47,000

Africa- 22,000

Russia/CIS- 22,000    

TOTAL: 609,000

Green flights for ATR bookmark
The purpose of the flying demonstration was to test new and more effective composite insulating materials and vibro-acoustic sensors that are integrated into a large crown panel on the forward fuselage section. The flights also tested a new generation of optical fibres for improved identification of micro-cracks and easier maintenance. The objective of such advanced technologies – developed by ATR’s shareholder Alenia Aermacchi – is to reduce the aircraft weight, fuel consumption, CO?/NOx emissions and noise levels.
CS JTI is a measure adopted by the European Parliament to support the trend of public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives in the field of research, with the aim of jointly developing a wide spectrum of technologies devoted to a clean, innovative and competitive air transport system. The Clean Sky goal is to achieve major steps towards the ACARE Environmental Goals for 2020 when compared to 2000 levels: 50% reduction in CO? emissions, 80% cut in NOx emissions, and the halving of noise pollution. The project is financed 50/50 by the aeronautical industry and the European Union.
ATR has been part of the project since its creation in 2008, playing the role of Associate to Alenia Aermacchi, the Coordinator of Green Regional Aircraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator, inside the CS JTI. Towards the end of the year, a second flight test campaign will check out improvements to the electrical distribution, energy dispersal and the air conditioning systems. The improvements being jointly developed and tested on the ATR today will eventually benefit all regional aircraft tomorrow.
Boeing and Japan team on biofuels bookmark
Millions of people are expected to visit Japan for the games. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) – a consortium of 46 organisations that include Boeing, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan’s government and the University of Tokyo – laid out a five-year roadmap to develop biofuel by 2020 as a way to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint. Using sustainably produced biofuel reduces lifecycle CO? emissions by 50% to 80% compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the US Department of Energy.
Among the report’s conclusions were: 
- industry, government and academia in Japan need to collaborate to promote the introduction of sustainable aviation biofuel to support Japan’s energy security and reduce aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions 
- potential feedstocks or biologically based sources that could be used to produce sustainable aviation biofuel in Japan include: municipal solid waste; plant oils and animal fats; used cooking oil; algae; cellulosic biomass; and residues from the wood products industry
- policy incentives promoting the introduction of next-generation aviation fuels are a prerequisite to success in aviation biofuel use
INAF was established in May 2014 with the aim of establishing a supply chain for next-generation aviation fuels in Japan. Its roadmap process assessed the entire biofuel supply chain, including procurement of raw materials, the production of sustainable aviation fuel, the blending of biofuel with conventional petroleum jet fuel, and how biofuel will be incorporated into an airport’s fuelling infrastructure.

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