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BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- China will need at least 100,000 new civil aviation pilots over the next 20 years, Boeing Commercial Airplanes forecast on Thursday.

The Asia-Pacific region will have the greatest demand for commercial airline pilots and technicians worldwide over the next 20 years, approximately 40 percent of the global need, said Boeing in its 2015 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, which projects aviation personnel demand.

China's needs will account for the largest share, Boeing said, adding that around 106,000 airline maintenance technicians will be necessary over the coming years.

"By 2034, the Asia Pacific region will need about 226,000 new pilots and 238,000 technicians, providing huge career opportunities," said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services.

According to Boeing's 2015 Current Market Outlook, 14,330 new airplanes, worth 2.2 trillion U.S. dollars, will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2034.

China is the world's fastest growing aviation market. Mounting air traffic needs more planes and qualified pilots.

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