Boeing’s Middle East fleet will more than double over the next 20 years to 3,360 aircraft, according to the company’s latest commercial market outlook (CMO) forecast

Boeing expects the majority (48%) of those aircraft to be single aisle. The CMO also suggests widebody airplanes will comprise 45% of deliveries to Middle East airlines over the next 20 years ─ the highest percentage of the 10 global regions featured.

“Airlines in the Middle East have increasingly expanded their influence and reach, transforming the region into an international air transit hub,” said Darren Hulst, Boeing vice president, commercial marketing. “Air travel and cargo demand continue to gain momentum, driven by significant economic growth and national development plans. As airlines in the region will require efficient and versatile fleet solutions, Boeing products will be ready to meet market demands.”

The CMO projects delivery of 3,025 new commercial airplanes in the region by 2042, including 1,350 widebodies. The commercial fleet will generate demand for $335bn in aviation services including maintenance, repair, training and spare parts

Two-thirds of new deliveries will support air traffic and cargo growth while one-third of deliveries will replace older airplanes with more fuel-efficient models.
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