Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the Middle East

The Middle East is an important commercial airplane market. Carefully planned economic development in many Arab countries, coupled with the steady expansion of far-reaching global airline networks, has led to the record growth of air travel.

  • Boeing estimates that the Middle East will need 3,310 new airplanes valued at $770 billion over the next 20 years for fleet renewal and growth. About 30 percent of that demand – 993 airplanes – will replace today’s fleets, 70 percent of the demand is expected to be driven by the rapid fleet expansion in the region. This strong demand is driven by a requirement for newer, more capable, fuel-efficient airplanes that can help airlines become more competitive.

  • Traffic growth in the Middle East continues to grow at a healthy rate and is expected to grow 5.9 percent annually during the next 20 years.

  • Our 20-year forecast predicts that twin-aisle aircraft will account for a little under half of the region’s new airplane deliveries over the 20-year period, compared to 23 percent globally.

Arab airport authorities have encouraged this growth by developing airport capacity for the growing number of passengers. In addition, most Arab airlines are adapting to an increasingly global environment by restructuring programs, upgrading and expanding their fleets, and implementing new technology.

The high traffic growth rate is also attributed to the region’s population growth, vibrant tourism, economic growth, absence of railway systems and the liberalization of commercial aviation. Because of the central location of the Middle East, its airlines’ route networks spread out to Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.

Boeing supports the view that the Middle East is a natural conduit between East and West and the company works closely with Arab countries who want to increase their status as crucial hubs for the world’s passengers and cargo.

Boeing’s customers in the region include ALAFCO, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Emirates, , Etihad Airways, flydubai, Gulf Air, , Oman Air, Qatar Airways, , Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Government of Iraq . The Middle East is home to over 500 Boeing airplanes that represent every single type of jetliner the company has built from the 1960s to date. This includes 707s, 717s, 727s, 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s and 777s.

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including 24-hour customer support; pilot and crew training; aftermarket parts; airplane maintenance, engineering and modifications; and information services to enable airlines and leasing companies to operate more efficiently.

Boeing provides technical support for its customers in the UAE through the Dubai-based Boeing Service Center. The center is one of the company’s eight spares distribution facilities worldwide and houses approximately $25 million worth of parts and an inventory of more than 26,000 items that are shipped around the region to service airline customers. In addition, a regional spares manager and six field service offices in the region provide aftersales support, and 15 Boeing field service representatives provide on-site support to Boeing Commercial Airplanes customers.