Global Aviation Companies Struggle with the Looming Mechanics Shortage

26th Jul 2022

Aside from pilot shortage, the aviation industry also faces mechanics, ie. maintenance technicians and engineers, shortage. Several aviation companies are now taking notice of the looming mechanics shortage that, if not solved, will cause thousands of flight delays in the years to come.

Abdol Moabery of GA Telesis, LLC, one of the world’s largest commercial aerospace firms, despite offering 10% increase in salaries told, as cited by Reuters, that they are still struggling finding mechanics.

Citing similar source,  Frank Bayer of Lufthansa Technik AG said that “Recruiting mechanics has become noticeably more difficult compared to the pre-crisis period.”

Boeing’s figure from its 2021 global forecast points a 626,000 need for maintenance technicians in the next 20 years. That figure is almost similar, although slightly higher, against the forecasted need for pilots that is 612,000.

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