Boeing says its low-cost CST-100 crew capsule is perfect for missions in low-Earth orbit, and it is seeking NASA's Commercial Crew Development funds to reach critical design review this year. "It would fit on whatever stack is appropriate," says Boeing Network and Space Systems President Roger Krone. "Whether it's a Falcon 9 or an Atlas, it doesn't matter." Meanwhile, Boeing continues to keep its eye on the next step beyond low-Earth orbit. "[A]t some point in the future, we're going to want to go outside of Earth orbit again, wherever that may be -- whether its Lagrange points, asteroids, the moon or Mars," Krone says.
New York Times business writer Christopher Drew says Boeing and Airbus remain locked in a battle for competitive dominance on both sides of the Atlantic. "The latest salvo in trade frictions came after a panel concluded on Wednesday that Boeing had benefited from improper subsidies," Drew writes.
A wave of 30,000 new aircraft will require airlines to hire an additional 1 million workers over the next two decades, Boeing said. Boeing predicts that carriers will need an average of 23,300 new pilots and 30,000 maintenance workers each year until 2029. "Our challenge is adapting our training to engage the future generation of people who will fly and maintain the more than 30,000 airplanes that will be delivered by 2029," said Roei Ganzarski, chief customer officer for Boeing Training & Flight Services.
The airline industry will need to hire more than 1 million people globally over the next two decades, Boeing says. Airlines will need to hire 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance crew workers between 2010 and 2029 in order to handle 30,000 new aircraft coming online, the company says. Hiring in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to lead the way.
Boeing says that as its government orders decline in coming years, the company expects to see its growth coming from commercial orders, while its space revenues will be only modest. The company expects government orders, which represent about 90% of orders now, to drop to 70% due to flattening defense spending.