Would You Fly in a Pilotless Commercial Plane if it Meant a Cheaper Airline Ticket?

The world’s aviation industry will need to train and deploy more than 600,000 new pilots over the next 20 years. But, then again, the industry might be operating fleets of commercial jets flown by remote control.

Qatar Airways pilots chat in the cockpit of a Boeing 777 jet airliner on display at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris on June 22, 2017. (Credit: Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty Images)

Qatar Airways pilots chat in the cockpit of a Boeing 777 jet airliner on display at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris on June 22, 2017. (Credit: Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty Images)

Those are the seemingly contradictory outlooks described in separate reports by aerospace giant Boeing and Swiss banking powerhouse UBS.

Boeing’s report says global expansion and increased demand for air travel will require 637,000 new pilots over the next 20 years, with 40% of those needed in the Asia-Pacific region and 18% needed in North America.

A Boeing representative said the aviation company is not predicting a pilot shortage, but airlines and other aviation groups have said it will be difficult to train and hire all the pilots, crew members and technicians required to meet future demands.

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