Travel News at a Glance

October 2023

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Boeing: China to account for 20 per cent of world’s aircraft demand over next two decades
Boeing has published its latest forecast for commercial aircraft demand in China, with a total of 8,560 aircraft set to be delivered to the country between now and 2042. The manufacturer said that the 20-year demand was being driven by China’s fast-growing domestic air travel, as well as “economic growth well above the global average”. The figure means that China will account for 20 per cent of all commercial aircraft deliveries over the next two decades.

Fleet growth is set to drive two thirds of deliveries over the period, with the country’s airlines set to double their fleets to nearly 9,600 jets over the next 20 years. Single aisle aircraft will make up the bulk of the deliveries, with China set to welcome 6,470 new single aisle planes between now and 2042. The rest of the forecasted total is made up of 1,550 widebody aircraft, 350 regional jets, and 190 freighter aircraft.

Boeing also highlighted that China will require 433,000 new aviation personnel – including 161,000 cabin crew members – to serve its growing market. The forecast comes as Boeing celebrates its 50th year of aircraft service in China, with the first 707 aircraft being delivered to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 1973.

Schiphol confirms reduced flight capacity for 2024
Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport has confirmed there will be fewer commercial flights and less capacity for private jets from 2024 following the release of its 2024 summer season capacity declaration. The declaration states the total number of flights permitted at the Amsterdam hub will be reduced from 31 March 2024 when the Dutch government’s highly-criticised experimental scheme to reduce noise pollution comes into effect.

A maximum of 280,645 flights will be permitted in the 2024 summer season (31 March to 26 October 2024), or around 12,400 fewer flights than in the summer of 2023, while the total number of flights allowed for the full operating year (summer and winter) will be capped at 460,000.

Travel news as a glance:

Emirates adds premium economy to more long-haul routes
Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways resumes Chengdu, Chongqing routes
Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific adds Chicago back to network
No1 Lounges
No1 Lounges to open two spaces at London Luton airport
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh airport installs 40 electric vehicle chargers
Southampton Airport
Southampton airport opens runway extension
British Airways
British Airways and IndiGo form codeshare agreement
Lufthansa to update its short and medium-haul cabin offering
Global and European Air Traffic
Global and European air traffic to surpass 2019 levels next year

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