The US manufacturer has released its projections for the air cargo market through to 2041.
Boeing has provided key insights from its 2022 World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF) – a biennial detailed analysis of evolving industry dynamics.
As a result, with “strong demand” forecasted, the airframer states that almost 2,800 production and converted freighters will be required for the world’s cargo fleet regarding both growth and replacement through to 2041. Boeing added that new production freighters will account for a third of deliveries – while conversions are to comprise the remaining two-thirds.
The Asia-Pacific region is predicted to take delivery of almost 40% of all freighters (both brand-new and converted examples).
Meanwhile, other insights projected by Boeing, includes growth of the global freighter fleet by more than 1,300 aircraft over the next two decades to in excess of 3,600.
Darren Hulst, Boeing vice president of commercial marketing, said: "While the air cargo market is returning to a more normal pace after historic demand in the last two years, structural factors including express network growth, evolving supply chain strategies and new cargo-market entrants are driving sustained freighter demand.
“In the global transportation network, air freighters will continue to be a critical enabler to move high-value goods, in increased volume across expanding markets,” added Hulst.