FLY THE SKINNY SKIES
For all the attention Boeing’s Dreamliner and Airbus’ A380 get, smaller planes are increasingly the big boppers of the airline business. The share of “wide-bodies”—planes with two aisles and seven or more seats across— among the global fleet has fallen from 32% in 1996 to just 11% today. Further loss of altitude is ahead: Boeing projects that 72% of new aircraft delivered over the next 20 years will be single-aisle jets—a trend fueled by growth in low-cost, frills-free airlines, particularly in Asia.
PROJECTED DELIVERIES, 2017–36 NUMBER VALUE REGIONAL JETS 2,370 $110 BILLION SMALL WIDE-BODY 5,050 $1.3 TRILLION SINGLE-AISLE 29,530 $3.2 TRILLION MEDIUM/LARGE WIDE-BODY 3,160 $1.2 TRILLION FREIGHTERS 920 $260 BILLION