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Substantial increase in RJ orders seen.

Airlines worldwide will need 1,100 turboprops and 3,750 regional jets of 80-110 seats between 1999 and 2008. The jet market will be split between 2,400 aircraft with 80 and fewer seats and 1,350 with 81-110 seats.

So states the latest evaluation of the commercial aircraft market by Stanford Transportation Group and AvStat Associates. The report also sees a need for 4,400 larger single-aisle jets and 2,240 widebodies. The 11,500 forecast deliveries represent an 18% increase over the 9,700 aircraft delivered in the previous decade. Capacity, measured by total number of seats, will grow by 31%, according to the study.

Most segments will experience increased unit deliveries; however, turboprop deliveries will decline noticeably due to the shift to RJs. …

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