Bombardier Forecasts 870 Aircraft Deliveries for ME and Africa in 20 years

DUBAI — Canada’s Bombardier on Saturday forecast a steady growth for airlines in the Middle East and Africa region over the next 20 years.

Published: Sun 15 Nov 2009, 11:03 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:24 AM

In its recently published Market Forecast 2009-2028, Bombardier foresees deliveries of 870 aircraft from all manufacturers to Middle East and African operators.

During the Dubai Airshow, Bombardier will update customers and media on the progress of its all-new CSeries aircraft, claimed to be a game-changing new mainline jet that will enter service in 2013.

“Middle East and African airline capacity continued to grow in 2009 despite declines in most other parts of the world,” said Rod Williams, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

“The Arab Air Carriers Organisation, or AACO, has reported that the Arab air transport market had achieved 8.1 per cent growth in 2008 compared to 2007, and that the market is expected to grow further in 2009. Growing passenger demand for regional and medium-haul air services in an increasingly competitive Middle East airline market will, in our view, create an equivalent demand for efficient aircraft,” he said.

Some 160 Bombardier commercial aircraft are either in service or on order in the Middle East

and Africa. In the Middle East and North Africa, operators include Abu Dhabi Aviation, Felix Airways in Yemen, Libyan Airlines and Tassili Airlines in Algeria. Recognising that enhanced customer services are a priority, Bombardier will discuss its after-sales support in the region during the airshow.

Bombardier Business Aircraft will display a midsize Learjet 60 XR jet, a super-midsize Challenger 300 jet, a Challenger 605 aircraft, a Challenger 850 jet and an ultra-long range Global Express XRS jet at the Airshow.

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