Narrowbody Jets Set To Lead Boom In Asia-Pacific

By Jens Flottau , Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 17, 2014

Asia-Pacific is becoming the world's biggest air transport market and the recent boom of low-cost carriers in the region heralds a structural shift that will see single-aisle sales mushroom in this predominantly widebody territory.

So say Airbus and Boeing, who foresee a surge in narrowbody business in parallel with continuing strength in widebody sales. In Airbus's recent annual global market forecast update, a total of 1,000 more aircraft were listed on the 20-year-demand projections. Almost all of those will be operating within or out of the Pacific Rim. Airbus believes about 10,000 additional aircraft will be needed here to cope with an annual increase in demand of close to 6%. Of those 10,000 units, around 800 will be in the very large aircraft (A380) category, says John Leahy, Airbus's chief salesman.

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