The findings were announced publicly on the eve of the Farnborough Air Show in Penton Aviation Week Network brands, including Aviation Week & Space Technology, Air Transport World, Aviation Daily, Farnborough ShowNews, SpeedNews and AviationWeek.com.
“The findings from this survey suggest there is strong demand for a new Middle of the Market (MOM) airplane and that many airlines would like it earlier than the 2024-25 service entry date Boeing has talked about,” said Aviation Week Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo. “Sixty percent of respondents also favor a small wide body aircraft, so long as it is compatible with existing airport infrastructure.”
The segment MOM would enter will demand nearly $250-billion worth of aircraft at retail prices during the next 10 years, according to Aviation Week’s Intelligence & Data unit. It is forecast to be one of the fastest growing aircraft categories with a 5.7% average annual growth rate compared with a worldwide rate for all types of only 3.4%.
The results verified extremely high demand for the aircraft, with 89% of respondents saying they are interested in purchasing it; 82% of which would like to buy it before 2023.
The results of the survey and our analysis of market dynamics reveal a strong case for a middle of the market aircraft,” said Ron Epstein, senior Aerospace/Defense analyst, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. “If executed well, we believe there may be a significant opportunity for manufacturers.”
Among the MOM aircraft traits defined:
- 250 Seats with a 2-class configuration
- Maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles
- Compatible flight deck and pilot training with other aircraft
- Composite carbon fiber as the primary material for the fuselage, wings, and empennage
For more information on the findings from this survey, visit http://aviationweek.com/aircraft_study or contact Elizabeth Sisk at 860-245-5632, [email protected].
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