Boeing plans 82% more planes in the sky by 2041

The Covid-19 pandemic has not tempered the growing appetite for air travel, and the number of planes worldwide is expected to soar 82% over the next 20 years, Boeing estimated on Sunday.

In an annual report released on the eve of the opening of the Farnborough Air Show (United Kingdom), the group notes that the world fleet, all manufacturers combined, should reach 47,080 aircraft in 2041, against 25,900 in 2019.

This is slightly less than the 49,405 planes in 2040 forecast last year, because Boeing has revised down its forecast for annual global economic growth (+2.6% instead of +2.7% on average) . This should result in less strong growth in passenger traffic than expected (+3.8% instead of +4.0%).

On the other hand, it is a little more than the latest forecasts from Airbus, unveiled on Monday, which estimates that the world fleet will reach 46,930 aircraft in 2041 against 22,880 aircraft in service in 2020.

Boeing is now counting on the delivery, all manufacturers combined, of 42,710 new planes in the next twenty years (41,170 without counting the Russian market, which is very uncertain), or 900 less than in its forecasts last year.

Already the global single-aisle fleet, used more for domestic traffic, has returned to 98% of what it was before the pandemic. Those of jumbo jets, intended for international travel, are at 78%.

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