The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, like its larger rival Airbus, expects the global aircraft fleet to double within two decades. In 2042, the airlines should be using a total of around 48,600 machines, the US group said on the night in Arlington.
Boeing marketing manager Darren Hulst estimates that the trend will be towards longer planes with more seats or closer seating. "Without such productivity gains, the fleet would still need to be about 20 percent larger in 2042," he said in an online conference with journalists ahead of the upcoming air show in Le Bourget near Paris, which begins tomorrow.
The forecast of the US group corresponds in principle to that of the world's largest aircraft manufacturer Airbus. A few days ago, the European manufacturer forecast that the global fleet would double to 46,560 machines by 2042. However, Airbus' forecast only includes aircraft with at least 100 seats, while Boeing also counts slightly smaller regional jets. This is the main reason why the total figures for the US group are slightly higher.