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Boeing: India the Biggest Foreign Buyer of the Aircraft

Saturday , Posted by AME at 9:20 PM

Boeing has forecast a $150 billion market for passenger airplanes in India over the next 20 years driven by a booming economy.

Indian airlines will need to buy around 1,320 new airplanes to meet the demand of an expanding aviation sector, Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar said in a statement Wednesday.

India's burgeoning middle class has switched from traveling by train to flying as an increasing number of private domestic airlines have opened up over the last decade.

At present one in 200 Indians flies just once a year. That figured is expected to grow exponentially, with the domestic market recording the highest growth rate for aviation globally, according to aviation experts.

In January, budget airline Indigo signed a mega $15.6 billion deal for 180 A320 aircraft from Airbus Industrie, an order the European aircraft manufacturer hailed as the biggest single order in terms of the number of jets in aviation history. Airbus plans to deliver the jets between 2016 and 2025.

In June, India signed an agreement to purchase 10 Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III cargo and troop-carrying planes, making India the biggest foreign buyer of the aircraft.

The planes are expected to be delivered to India's air force in 2013 and 2014.

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