Airbus forecasts strong demand for new aircraft in Brazil

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Brazil will need 1,324 new aircraft by 2032 to meet the South American country's rising air traffic demand, says Airbus in its latest global market forecast.

Of these, 896 are narrowbodies, 353 are widebodies and the remaining 75 are very large aircraft such as the Airbus A380, says the airframer.

Air traffic in Brazil is expected to grow annually by 6.8% by 2032, on the back of a 4% annual growth in gross domestic product, adds Airbus.

"Driven by a growing middle class, increased consumer spending as well as a booming tourism sector, Brazil represents 35% of all Latin America’s air traffic, making it the region’s largest and amongst the fastest growing markets, having more than doubled since 2000," says the airframer.

International traffic has grown 87% since then, while domestic traffic has grown 2.4 times.

The A380 would be ideal for cities with high density long-haul traffic such as Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro.

“With nearly half of the region’s long-haul traffic going through Brazil, the A380 could alleviate traffic congestion at busy airports, such as Guarulhos, which represents 25% of total international traffic in Latin America,” says John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers. “The A380 would also support the huge tourism flows expected around the upcoming football World Cup and the Olympic Games.”

In Latin America overall, Airbus sees a need for more than 2,307 new aircraft in the next 20 years. Of these, 1,794 are narrowbodies, 475 are widebodies and 38 are very large aircraft.

Airbus has sold more than 800 aircraft in Latin America and the Caribbean, and holds a backlog of almost 400 for the region. More than 500 Airbus aircraft are in service in the region.