Latin America Fleet Size To Double - Airbus

March 30, 2017

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Latin America’s commercial aircraft fleet will double in size over the next 20 years, and 2,570 new aircraft will be needed to satisfy traffic growth, according to Airbus.

The Airbus Global Market Forecast predicts 2,030 single-aisle and 540 wide-body aircraft will be needed at a cost of USD$350 billion. The numbers are based on traffic growing at 4.5 percent per year, the world average, until 2035.

Traffic is predicted to grow by 4.9 percent on Latin America’s domestic and intra-regional routes, and 3.8 percent to destinations outside the region.

The continuing rise in middle class spending will play an important part in the growth, with that section of the population growing to half a billion people by 2035.

“There’s no doubt that solid long-term growth is in store for Latin America, and we see single-aisle aircraft leading the demand,” Airbus’s Latin America president Rafael Alonso said.

He said that low cost carriers will have an impact on market dynamics, especially in domestic and intra-regional travel.

“Looking ahead, we also see a good opportunity for the region’s carriers to be more bullish on developing intra-regional routes, a space in which Latin America is less developed than other regions,” Alonso added.

Airbus believes Brazil, the largest South American market, will need over 1,400 aircraft by 2035 to meet demand, as Brazilians double the number of trips they make.