Air Transport World

Smaller jets to dominate order books.

Crystal City, Va.--More than 60% of the total demand for new equipment in the next five years will be for aircraft of 125 seats and fewer. This was one of many predictions made during the one-day Forecast '99 conference put on here by research and consulting firm The Boyd Group of Evergreen, Colo.

"We think the trend is there," said Mike Boyd, president. "Boeing's own orders as of the end of last year show a demand for 150-seat-and-less equipment, and as the new 70/90-seat jets come along the need will accelerate." Contributing to that demand will be a flattening of annual traffic growth to 3-3.5%, a push to increase domestic traffic, heavy retirement of widebodies and the continued reliance on smaller regional jets, predicted Boyd. …

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