The Middle East is a diverse region that has emerged as a central connection point for international flights, and a popular destination for business and leisure air travelers. The region is well-positioned for projected growth and changes ahead, as highlighted in the Boeing Commercial Market Outlook for 2022-2041.
Here are a few key points about Middle East aviation forecasts from this report:
- Middle Eastern airlines are projected to increase air traffic 2.4X by 2041.
- The Middle East fleet will more than double over the next 20 years.
- Today, the region has the highest widebody aircraft share of total fleet among the world’s regions – a trend expected to continue over the next decade.
- The rapid growth of low-cost carriers across the Middle East region is driving greater demand for single-aisle aircraft with greater fuel efficiency and capabilities.
- As fleets grow in this region, the demand for aviation aftermarket services will also accelerate. The 10-year market demand for Middle East aviation services – including commercial maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), training and digital services – is estimated to be $275B.
Connecting with customers
“We know we have to work hard to retain the trust of our Middle East region customers and deliver tangible value to support their fleets,” said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, President of Boeing Middle East, Türkiye and Africa. “As we deliver new aircraft, we are also delivering services to drive enhanced efficiency in maintenance and flight operations to in-service fleets. Our ongoing collaboration with Middle East region airlines enables us to deliver and continuously improve these advanced capabilities for our customers as they expand their operations, while also supporting local industry and developing local talent.”
Boeing Global Services teams recently met with customers at the MRO Middle East conference in Dubai, UAE – the leading international exhibition for commercial aviation aftermarket services in the region with more than 4,000 attendees.
“As Boeing and our partners in this region recover from recent challenges in the market, we are finding opportunities to partner on supply chain solutions, including landing gear exchanges and tailored parts sourcing programs,” said David McKenna, managing director of Middle East, Africa and Eurasia Sales, Boeing Global Services. “Our commercial services team has a major presence in the region’s many aviation hubs, including a parts distribution center in Dubai. The MRO Middle East event enables us to build on these valued partnerships with our customers in the region.”