Posted on: 14 November 2011 by Ross McSweeny
In his 20-year forecast for the Middle-East aviation market, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice-president of marketing, Randy Tinseth, said he believes low-fare airlines (LFAs) will grow the single-aisle market in the region faster than any other types of operator.
From a situation 10 years ago where the Middle East had no LFAs, Tinseth pointed out that these carriers are now providing 8% of the available seat miles (ASMs). In Boeing’s Current Market Outlook for the Middle East, an estimated 1,160 single-aisle jets will be required between now and 2030.
Boeing intends to meet as much of that demand as possible with the 737NG family and, from 2017, the 737 MAX family. The recently announced family now has more than 700 commitments with the first flight scheduled for 2016 with first delivery and entry into service in 2017.
The MAX family, Tinseth reported, will be 10%-12% more fuel efficient than today’s best 737NG, namely the upgraded version featuring the CFM56-7BE plus complete package of structural and aerodynamic improvements, the first of which will be delivered early next year.
Tinseth added that Boeing expects the 737 MAX 8 to be 5% better in efficiency than its direct Airbus competitor, the A320neo.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net