Airbus last week said it expects operators to take delivery of approximately 25,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.1 trillion over the next two decades, compared to Boeing's recent target of 29,000. The US-based manufacturer released its latest 20-year forecast three months ago (ATWOnline, June 12). Last week, Airbus said, "Compared to timescales for aircraft investment and fleet turnover, economic down cycles are relatively short and a strong underlying demand for air ...

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