China: Jet shortages as a priority in the aviation industry

 Tuesday, January 17, 2023 


Financiers announced on Monday that China had abruptly decided to lift COVID -19 travel curbs that could accelerate a global recovery in air traffic – but then it turned out to be widespread staff shortages, leading to the airline industry struggling with a shortage of jets.

The turnout for the last three years grounded thousands of airlines after the spread of COVID – 19. As expected the demand for air travel is booming again, as boosted by Beijing’s decision last month to unwind zero – COVID policies.

The prediction marks that Dublin – based AerCap and Chinese-owned Avolon, remarked as the world’s two largest aircraft lessors, both predicted on Monday that global traffic would return to normal levels as soon as June – months earlier than most industry predictions.

AerCap Chief Executive Aengus Kelly reported at the Airline Economics conference in Dublin, the world’s air finance capital, that they were seeing a very strong rebound in travel and they thought that they would see a full return to 20219 in the middle of the year.

As Avolon examined in a report stating that after a 70% recovery in passenger traffic last year by Europe and North America, Asia would drive growth in 2023.

Defining aviation, Bertrand Grabowski exclaimed that Airlines are not dramatically increasing their frequency to China. It added that it was going in the right direction but it was going to take some time.

Rob Morris, head of global consulting at Ascend by Cirium informed that as for now, he thought that they must cautiously think about China. Furthermore, he stated that passenger confidence was going to be a key thing.

Data has been updated so far that suggests Chinese were resuming travel ahead of the Lunar New Year; despite worries about infections, with passenger traffic jumping t, 63% of 2019 levels since the annual travel season began.

After the crippling impact of COVID- 19 globally, the rebound came after they saw dozens of airlines go out of business and wiped billions of dollars off balance sheets.

Holding the industry’s biggest worry that there was a sharp reversal of getting enough narrow-body jets, which was the most widely used, to meet the demand as battered supply chains delayed new deliveries.

Kelly concluded by saying that more airlines were purchasing 18 – 20 year old used jets to fill gaps rather than risk being hit by delivery delays.

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