Air freight traffic is expected to almost triple over the next 20 years, leading to a nearly doubling of the worldwide cargo aircraft fleet during this period and creating the demand for an estimated 834 new factory-built aircraft -- with the largest market segment being mid-sized freighters in the category of Airbus’ new A330-200F.
According to the just-completed Airbus 2010-2030 Cargo Global Market Forecast, a key factor in air freight trends will be the world’s emerging regions, requiring aircraft with intercontinental range and payload lift capabilities from 30 to 80 tonnes.
“Air cargo’s development is being driven by these emerging regions, where population migration and middle class growth creates the demand for food and other perishables,” explained Airbus Senior Vice President Christopher Emerson in a briefing to journalists at the Dubai Airshow. "Today 87% of the world's population lives within a 4,500 nautical mile perimeter. Having a freighter that can operate effectively and eco-efficiently within this area will become increasingly important."
Airbus’ A330-200F is well tailored to meet these market trends, designed with the payload lift capability of 65 tonnes on ranges to 4,000 nautical miles, or 70 tonnes over distances of up to 3,200 nautical miles in the payload mode configuration.