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Aviation market: Most demand for 250-seat aircrafts with a 2-class configuration

Jul 11, 2016

A global research study produced jointly by Penton Aviation Week Network and BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research provides the first detailed aviation customer view of how their next mid-sized airliner should be configured and perform and how much they would be willing to pay for it.

Using input from aviation analysts the survey across the aviation community, with more than 500 qualified airline and air cargo senior managers responding from Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

The findings were announced publicly on the eve of the Farnborough Air Show.

"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

Aviation market: Most demand for 250-seat aircrafts with a 2-class configuration

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