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Asia-Pacific airlines currently account for two-thirds of all global airlines’ net income and will need pilots and technicians to man the thousands of new planes forecasted to enter the region over the next 20 years.

Boeing Co. (BA), the world’s second- biggest planemaker, said about 185,600 new pilots will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region within the next two decades as economic growth encourages more people to travel by air.

China will lead growth in the region, with 71,300 pilots in demand through 2030, Boeing said in a statement today. The region will also need an additional 243,500 technicians in the period, with 99,400 in China, it said.

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