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By Chiacgo Tribune
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Boeing Co. predicts the commercial airline industry will need nearly a half-million additional pilots by 2032, a result of the slowdown of new blood entering the field and continuing growth of the industry.

The world's largest commercial plane maker, based in Chicago, issued the forecast on Thursday during an event marking the start of 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami.

In addition to the expected need for 498,000 pilots, Boeing forecasts the industry will need 556,000 new airline maintenance technicians. That works out to about 25,000 more pilots and 28,000 maintenance workers needed annually.

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