Africa would need 900 new airliners by 2031, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice-president of sales Van Rex Gallard said yesterday.
He said he saw growth in four areas – northern Africa, east Africa, South Africa and west Africa.
“In north Africa, they have had some issues… But it [growth] is coming up; it is going to continue in countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Morocco,” Gallard said.
“There is a solid infrastructure in those countries. They actually have access to financing and they are technologically prepared to be competitive, with mainly Europe.”
Growth in east Africa was also booming, with major industry players coming from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.
“Ethiopia is the second country in the world which has taken delivery of the [Boeing] 787, after the Japanese.” Gallard said he was impressed with the growth of SAA, Comair and Kulula.com. – Sapa