We have embarked on an uncertain era as new leadership in Britain and the US is reassessing its role on the international stage. Despite a lackluster 2016 global economy, the airline industry continued to grow and airline profits remained at record levels thanks to low oil prices. For 2017 profitability is under threat from higher – but plateauing – oil prices and increased other operating costs.
In our VZM Market Outlook 2017 for commercial aviation & maintenance we look back at recent developments and provide our thoughts regarding future developments.
North America continues to be the best performing region in terms of profitability whereas traffic and capacity growth in the Middle East continues to outpace other parts of the globe. Questions arise whether the latter is sustainable as overcapacity looms driving margins for Gulf carriers down. Maintenance however, seems unaffected by economic uncertainties as further growth is predicted allowing new technologies to enter the workplace to improve the competitiveness of MRO organizations worldwide.
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