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Boeing: Middle East fleet to more than double by 2042

Boeing forecasts 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 in Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook (CMO) forecast.

The region’s fleet of dedicated freighters is projected to more than double to 180 jets by 2042, according to the CMO, Boeing’s annual long-term forecast of demand for commercial airplanes and services.

“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 Middle East by 2042, including 1,350 widebodies.

Many airlines in the region provide service between major population centers in Asia, Africa and Europe via growing hubs that offer efficient connectivity.

As a result, a higher proportion of widebody aircraft are needed to carry larger passenger volumes.

The Middle East single-aisle fleet is also expected to more than double as low-cost carriers (LCC) and short-haul networks continue to develop and expand.

By 2042, nearly half of the region’s aircraft will be single-aisle jets.

Commercial airplane deliveries to the Middle East (2023-2042)
Regional Jet35
Single Aisle1,570
Widebody1,350
Freighter70
Total3,025
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