Boeing Projects Latin American Airlines Will Need $350 Billion in Aircraft over Next 20 Years

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 29, 2016
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Aircraft from Latin American-carrier Aviana Airlines
Aircraft from Latin American-carrier Aviana Airlines. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 03-29-2016] Boeing projects Latin American airlines will need 3,050 new airplanes valued at $350 billion in the next two decades, tripling the region’s current fleet size.

“Over the long term, Latin American economies will grow faster than the rest of the world,” said Donna Hrinak, president at Boeing Latin America. “This growth will create increased passenger traffic in the region and drive Latin American airlines to expand and compete for business that has traditionally been dominated by foreign operators.”

To meet increased passenger traffic, Boeing forecasts the region will require more than 2,500 new single-aisle airplanes over the next 20 years, reflecting the continued growth of low-cost carriers and further expansion of networks in the region.

Boeing forecasts wide-body demand at 340 new airplanes as regional carriers continue to compete more strongly on long-haul routes. Currently, more than two-thirds of twin-aisle departures from Latin America are on Boeing products.

Latin America and the Caribbean now feature a younger fleet than the world average. Average airplane age in the region’s fleet continues to drop, going from more than 15 years in 2005 to less than 10 years today. The region has been in a steady replacement cycle since the mid-2000s and that trend will continue as nearly 60 percent of the current fleet is replaced over the next two decades.

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