FLY THE SKINNY SKIES

Forbes - - VERTICALS -

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

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