Forecasting $265 billion worth of airplanes ordered for India over the next two decades, Boeing expects to deliver 1,850 new aircraft including components from its North Charleston manufacturing facility, the company announced recently.
“India continues to have a strong commercial aerospace market and the highest domestic traffic growth in the world,” Dinesh Keskar, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ SVP for the Asia Pacific and India sales regions, said. “With the new aviation policies in place, we see even greater opportunities and remain confident in the market and the airlines in India.”
The figures were released in conjunction with Boeing’s annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) for India during a conference in Mumbai. The CMO predicts that single-aisle craft will represent the majority of orders, with approximately 1,560 airplanes anticipated to gradually replace older, less efficient models. Boeing’s CMO is regarded as a standard benchmark for the aviation industry.
“Boeing’s strong orders and deliveries for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX underscore how we are meeting our customers’ demands and expectations,” Keskar said.
Boeing South Carolina (previously Boeing Charleston) is an assembly site for Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, located in North Charleston. Boeing has operated aircraft manufacturing in South Carolina since 2004, opening the first of its three current facilities in 2011. It currently assembles 787 Dreamliner components at its North Charleston plant.