India's Burgeoning Civil Aviation Market And The Prospects For Boeing And Airbus

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  • An expanding middle class and supportive government policy has helped India’s air travel sector enjoy robust growth and this is expected to continue.
  • Airbus dominates the single aisle market and is poised to benefit from India’s domestic aviation sector growth.
  • Boeing dominates the wide-body market and Indian airlines’ appetite for international expansion is an opportunity for the US plane-maker.

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Civil aviation is a sunrise sector in India, and competition is intensifying between Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Airbus SE (OTCPK:OTCPK:EADSY) (OTCPK:OTCPK:EADSF). While Airbus looks well-positioned to capture the narrow-body segment, the competition looks stiff in the wide-body segment, with both holding the potential to capture a decent share.

India’s air travel market has been enjoying steady growth, with the number of passengers doubling since 2006.

Source: The Hindustan Times

With 131 million passengers in 2016, India jumped four spots in as many years in the global air traffic rankings according to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The buoyant market has helped India’s major airlines post profits after years of losses.

Source: Bloomberg

India is expected to continue enjoying robust gains in air passenger volumes going forward, driven by a growing economy, an expanding middle class and supportive government policy. Last year the Indian government overhauled the country’s aviation rules, liberalizing norms for domestic carriers to fly overseas and putting forward regional connectivity schemes such as UDAN, all in an effort to boost air travel among India’s expanding middle class, bolster competition and support regional connectivity.

Source: WeForum

The potential has not gone un-noticed. With India emerging as the world’s fastest growing major aviation market, the country is among the battlegrounds in emerging markets for plane-makers Boeing and its European rival, Airbus.

Fourteen years ago, Air Deccan ushered India to the era of budget air travel. Today, India’s low-cost carriers dominate

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