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Airbus forecasts demand for 26,000 aircraft over 20 years

New passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.2 trillion USD will be needed between 2010 and 2029, to satisfy demand according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF).

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Posted on: 1/3/2011
Source: CompositesWorld

Almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.2 trillion USD will be needed between 2010 and 2029, to satisfy demand according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF). The demand is primarily driven by replacement of aircraft for newer more eco-efficient models in mature markets, dynamic growth in new emerging markets, low-cost carriers particularly in Asia, further market liberalisation and capacity growth on existing routes.

The 2010 GMF forecasts 900 additional new passenger aircraft deliveries over the 2009 GMF reflecting a slightly higher growth rate of 4.8 percent compared to 4.7 percent in 2009. These aircraft will mainly be in the single-aisle sector in which the A320 Family competes.

Out of the almost 26,000 additional passenger and freighter aircraft needed, about 25,000 will be passenger aircraft valued at over $2.9 trillion USD. Of these additional passenger aircraft, 10,000 will replace older less eco-efficient aircraft and some 15,000 will be for growth. Taking into account today’s passenger fleet of over 14,000 aircraft, the world passenger fleet will rise to some 29,000 aircraft by 2029.

“The recovery is stronger than predicted and reinforces both the resilience of the sector to downturns and that people want and need to fly,” says John Leahy, COO customers. “The single aisle sector is particularly strong, and our A320neo meets this future demand by providing our customers with the latest innovations and technologies whilst maintaining maximum commonality. Our entire product range is very well positioned to meet the economic and environmental needs for sustainable growth for the decades ahead.”

In passenger traffic volume, domestic U.S. leads the world in total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) (11.3 percent) followed by domestic China (8.4 percent), Intra European (7.2 percent), then U.S. to Western European routes (5.9 percent).

In passenger traffic growth terms, emerging economies are leading the recovery. Domestic Indian traffic growth (9.2 percent) is the fastest of any major market and the third fastest growth overall, after traffic between the Middle East and South America, and between North Africa and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Seven out of the top 20 fastest growth flows connect China (PRC) to the rest of the world. 

“Airlines in Asia Pacific including China and India will carry one third (33 percent) of the passenger traffic by 2029, making it the largest region, overtaking Europe (25 percent) and North America (20 percent),” said Chris Emerson, head of product strategy and market forecast.

Freight traffic is recovering at an even faster rate (5.9 percent) than passenger traffic growth. In 2010, freight traffic is expected to rebound closer to 18 percent before leveling off at more typical growth levels by the end of 2011. Combined with fleet renewal, this translates to a demand for around 2,980 freighters. While some 870 will be new aircraft valued at $211 billion USD, 2,110 will be converted from passenger aircraft.

Demand for Very Large Aircraft (VLA) passenger and freighter aircraft like the A380, is more than 1,700 valued at more than $570 billion USD (this represents 18 percent by value and 7 percent by units). Of these, some 1,320 will connect the world’s increasing number of ‘mega’ cities. 

In the twin-aisle aircraft segment (seating from 250 to 400 passengers), some 6,240 new passenger and freighter aircraft will be delivered in the next 20 years, valued at $1,340 billion USD (representing 42 percent by value and 24 percent by units). Of these, 4,330 aircraft will be small twin-aisle (250 to 300 seater) and about 1,910 intermediate twin aisles (350 to 400 seats). 

In the single-aisle segment, almost 17,900 aircraft worth some $1,274 billion USD (40 percent by value, or 69 percent units), will be delivered in the next 20 years. This is an increase over previous forecasts due to the accelerating demand for single aisle aircraft particularly in Asia Pacific, the emergence of low-cost carriers and increased route liberalisation.  

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