Growth will be enabled by rebound in global trade and long-term growth, the airframer says.
This growth will be influenced by trade and growing express shipments to support expanding e-commerce operations.
“Freighter operators have been in a unique position in 2020 to meet market requirements for speed, reliability and security, transporting medical supplies and other goods for people and communities around the world,” said Darren Hulst, vice president of Commercial Marketing. “Looking ahead, dedicated freighters will be even more critical to compete in air cargo markets; they carry more than half of air cargo traffic, and airlines operating them earn nearly 90% of air cargo industry revenue.”
A demand for 2,430 freighters over the next 20 years, is forecast for the WACF.
This will include 930 new production freighters and 1,500 freighters converted from passenger airplanes.
World air cargo traffic will grow at 4 percent per year over the next 20 years., according to the new forecast.
The global air cargo fleet is expected to grow by more than 60 percent through 2039, Boeing forecasts.
The growth will be driven by the need for dedicated freighter capacity to support the world’s transportation system.
Boeing’s WACF provides insights into air cargo performance during the pandemic, including the following:
The full cargo market forecast can be found at www.boeing.com/wacf.
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