The backside friendly A380 continues to grow the Emirates presence in Australia
Emirates gives fair warning that rapid expansion is part of a glorious past
Boeing sees a future for Australian aviation that is being destroyed by policy indifference
No one ever really sees the future, but the issues for air transport this coming year are easy to pick.
Airbus’s confirming this week that it will lift the a production rate of its A320 single aisle family of jets to 60 a month by mid 2019 has triggered informed talk of similar ambitions for the Boeing 737 family, and possibly even sooner.
Qantas is making a determined run at Cathay Pacific’s dominance on the Australia-Hong Kong routes with an additional four A330-300 flights a week from Sydney from 26 October.
In 24 hours Emirates has put into service its 150th ever Boeing 777, after taking two more -300ERs, and its 66th Airbus A380, and a 777 freighter.
Not much that has happened at the Paris Air Show is directly relevant to the Australian market, but Indonesia flag carrier Garuda is the exception.
What Boeing sees in the next 20 years is not just about aircraft sales, but where the world is headed as new wealth, improved technology, and a desire to fly, all coincide. It’s somewhat scary as well as exciting, and its coming, ready or not.