India may require 31,000 pilots and some 26,000 mechanics over the next 20 years amid the growing order book of the aircraft original equipment manufacturers, said Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India. “Considering India’s air traffic growth, a lot of focus has to be on making infrastructure robust, both hard infrastructure which includes airports as well as critical infrastructure, which includes pilots, among others. Last September, Boeing had projected India’s air traffic growth at around 7% through 2040. He also said that after coming out of the pandemic, the recovery in air travel demand has stunned the world and Boeing does

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