Travel Industry News 4th October 2023

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.

UK Industrial action

Further strike action has been announced by the ASLEF Union on: Wednesday 4 October 2023

In addition, they have also announced an overtime ban across the UK rail network until Friday 6 October 2023

This is likely to significantly affect the following train companies. You can click on the below links to find out more information from each Train Operator:

On the days where full strike action is taking place this is likely to result in little or no services across large areas of the network. Services are also likely to be disrupted and start later on the day immediately following a full strike day. Passengers are warned to expect significant disruption and advised to plan ahead and check before you travel.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Emirates adds premium economy to more long-haul routes

  • Qatar Airways resumes Chengdu, Chongqing routes

  • Cathay Pacific adds Chicago back to network

  • No1 Lounges to open two spaces at London Luton airport

  • Edinburgh airport installs 40 electric vehicle chargers

  • Southampton airport opens runway extension

  • Ryanair cuts winter schedule due to aircraft delivery delays

  • British Airways and IndiGo form codeshare agreement

  • Lufthansa to update its short and medium-haul cabin offering

  • Global and European air traffic to surpass 2019 levels next year