Boeing forecasts air cargo rebound

While the current air cargo industry is underperforming this year, Boeing is predicting a robust rebound, particularly in the Asia Pacific.
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
September 06, 2012 - LM Editorial

While the current air cargo industry is underperforming this year, Boeing is predicting a robust rebound, particularly in the Asia Pacific.

In its Current Market Outlook Boeing predicts that there will be a long-term demand for 34,000 new airplanes, valued at $4.5 trillion.

“These new airplanes will replace older, less efficient airplanes, benefiting airlines and stimulating growth in emerging markets and innovation in airline business models,” noted the forecast.

Boeing admitted that while commercial aviation has weathered many downturns in the past, recovery has followed quickly as the industry reliably returned to its long-term growth rate of approximately 5 percent per year.

China has been a particularly bright spot.

“It’s impressive that over 75 percent of the demand in China will be for growth instead of replacement,” said Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Marketing. “Sustained strong economic growth, growing trade activities and increasing personal wealth are some of the driving forces.”

The forecast observed that air cargo traffic has been moderating after a high period in 2010. Air cargo contracted by 2.4 percent in 2011.

“Expansion of emerging-market economies will, however, foster a growing need for fast, efficient transport of goods. We estimate that air cargo will grow 5.2 percent annually through 2031. We forecast a long-term demand for 34,000 new airplanes, valued at $4.5 trillion,” the forecast stated.

Boeing said these new airplanes will replace older, less efficient airplanes, benefiting airlines and stimulating growth in emerging markets and innovation in airline business models.



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Last week, the United States Department of Transportation took further steps to address various issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail. The announcement was made by DOT with other DOT agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman had an opportunity to interview Derek Leathers, President and Chief Operating Officer of Werner Enterprises, at this month's NASSTRAC Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando. They discussed various aspects of the truckload market, including prices, fuel, and regulations.

During this webcast our presenters will apply the findings of the 23rd Annual Trends & Issues in Transportation and Logistics Study to the world of shipper-carrier decision making. They'll examine the primary aspects that will influence the future direction for shipper-carrier decision-making.

For February, the month for which most recent data is available, the SCI dropped to -1.0 from January’s 2.6, with FTR explaining that the short term positive impact from one-time adjustments for rapidly dropping diesel prices and the suspension of the 2013 motor carriers hours-of-service expires later this year.

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in March was up 1.1 percent on the heels of a revised 2.8 percent (from 3.1 percent) February decline, with the SA index at 133.5 (2000=100). This is off 0.3 percent from the all-time high for the SA of 135.8 from January 2015 and is up 5 percent annually.

Article Topics

News · Air Cargo · Air Freight · Trade · All topics

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA