Boeing has raised its long-term forecast for commercial planes in India.
Unprecedented domestic passenger traffic and rapidly expanding low-cost carriers mean the country will need 2,300 new jets – valued at $320 billion – over the next 20 years, the manufacturer argues.
This year alone, more than ten million passengers, on average, travelled within India each month.
“To meet this increased domestic air traffic growth, we see the vast majority of available plane seats coming from low-cost carriers,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The success of this market segment will mean more than 80 per cent of all new plane deliveries in India will be single-aisles.
“And the superior economics and fuel efficiency of the new 737 MAX plane will be the perfect choice for Indian carriers.”
According to Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook, India’s commercial aviation industry has achieved 51 consecutive months of double-digit growth.
This growth is matched in other sectors of the country’s economy.
“The Indian economy is projected to grow by nearly 350 per cent over the next two decades to become the third largest economy in the world,” said Keskar.
“This will continue to drive the growth of India’s middle class and its propensity to travel both domestically and internationally, resulting in the need for more new fuel-efficient short- and long-haul planes.”
With more than five percent of the world’s fleet expected to operate in India by 2037, services will continue to be a major driver of growth in the region’s commercial aviation industry.
Commercial services such as flight training, engineering and maintenance, digital analytics among others will provide airlines with optimal operational efficiencies as they continue to expand to meet growth in the marketplace.