Airbus COO-Customers John Leahy predicted yesterday that the world's airlines will require 24,300 new aircraft worth $2.6 trillion between now and 2026 in order to support retirements and annual passenger traffic growth of 4.9% per year. Approximately 900 of the new aircraft will be freighters, valued at $200 billion. Leahy made his remarks at Airbus's Global Market Forecast briefing in London. According to the manufacturer, airlines and lessors will take an average of 1,215 aircraft per ...

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