Last year I wrote a post showing the puzzling change in Boeing’s predicted mix of twin-aisle sales, between small and medium wide-bodies (“Wide-body mix in 15 years of Boeing CMOs”). A few days ago I wrote a post about the publishing by Boeing of its Current Market Outlook for 2014-2033. This year’s CMO is more consistent with last years figures, i.e., the larger share of the forecasted market corresponds to small wide-bodies (787s from Boeing perspective). Recall the numbers:
- small wide-bodies: 4,270 a/c in CMO2014 (passenger aircraft only),
- medium wide-bodies: 2,990 a/c in CMO2014.
However, the trend is changed again in this year’s CMO in comparison with last year’s one: small wide-bodies market decreases while the medium wide-bodies’ one increases again. Since I keep a collection of CMOs from years back, I will include again a comparison going 16 years back…
Seeing at the graphic (made using Boeing figures):
- During the first 5 years (1998-2003) the trends are quite constant.,
- From 2003 to 2007, the mix is reverted, possibly to favour the launch of the 787.
- In 2008 the CMO did not provide the split.
- From 2009 to 2014, you can see that both trends in the forecasts are erratic… why? Only Boeing knows.