Boeing predicts that African carriers will need 1 220 new airliners to meet 5.9% annual commercial airline growth between 2017 and 2036. African airlines currently have a total of 74 Boeing aircraft on order at the moment and Boeing aircraft comprise nearly 70 percent of African airlines’ in-service fleets.
Today, more than 40 airlines operate over 400 aircraft throughout Africa and almost 70 percent of those in-service fleets are made up of Boeing aircraft. Additionally, African airlines have a total of 74 Boeing aircraft on order, more than any other commercial aircraft manufacturer. “The in-service fleet and existing orders backlog clearly underline the depth and strength of the long-term partnership Boeing has enjoyed with Africa and African commercial aviation,” Boeing said.
“Boeing partnerships in Africa and the Middle East date back more than 60 years and we will continue to be there for the long term, supporting the growth of the aviation industry across the region. We are excited to sponsor Aviation Africa this year and demonstrate our commitment to our airline customers, governments and the community,” said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
Boeing’s long-term market outlook also forecasts that air traffic for the continent’s commercial airlines will grow 5.9 percent annually between 2017 and 2036, and that African carriers will need 1,220 new aircraft to meet this growth.
During Aviation Africa, Boeing executives congratulated the proponents of Open Skies and the move towards a single air-market in Africa as it will improve air access to and within the continent, for the benefit of all players in the aviation sector, including airlines, their customers and African economies.
“Achieving Open Skies in Africa would constitute a major step forward for Africa’s aviation sector and warrants the level of political will to achieve it, as it would be the culmination of a process that started with the Yamoussoukro Declaration in 1989,” said J Miguel Santos, Managing Director Boeing Sub-Saharan Africa, and Director International Sales, Africa, for Boeing Commercial Aircrafts. “It could stimulate competition and demand for cargo and seats within Africa and between the continent and the world.”