TOULOUSE, France, 13 Dec. 2011. The U.S. and Canada will require 5,901 new passenger aircraft, each providing more than 100 seats, as well as 414 new freighter aircraft through 2030, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF). The 6,315 new aircraft deliveries total $648 billion. By 2030, North America will rank third, behind Asia-Pacific and Europe, in world traffic. With a 20-year growth in revenue passenger miles of 3.3 percent, North America remains one of the world’s strongest markets. In fact, today, and in 2030, domestic U.S. traffic is and will continue to be the largest single air traffic flow region on the planet.
North American inter-regional traffic has grown by 11 percent over the past 10 years. Currently, more than 25 percent of the total world revenue passenger miles are carried on U.S. and Canadian airlines, says an Airbus spokesperson.