In the Very Large Aircraft sector, Airbus predicts a demand for 1,660 aircraft, valued at USD503 billion, of which 1,260 are new passenger aircraft. Asia-Pacific will account for 56 percent of these. The top 20 airport hubs will account for more than two-thirds of the world’s destinations of Very Large Aircraft.
There will also be a demand for some 400 aircraft over 120 tons of payload from the Very Large Freighter category. The requirement for twin-aisle passenger aircraft will continue to grow strongly, with some 5,300 new twin-aisle aircraft being delivered in the next 20 years. Valued at some USD1,009 billion, this makes up about 42 percent of the total value of all passenger aircraft delivered.
The largest segment will be in the 250 and 300 passenger seat market, with the need for some 3,750 new aircraft.
Another 1,550 larger twin-aisle aircraft will be needed in the 300 to 450 passenger seat category.
"This forecast shows that aviation is a strong growth industry and one which is also vital for the development of the world economy," according to John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer.
(NOTE: The Airbus Global Market Forecast is the result of a detailed analysis of today’s and tomorrow’s drivers of air transport, that quantifies airline demand over the next 20 years.)