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June 15, 2024
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India’s airlines made a big splash at this year’s airshow. It was like the old days when the ME3 made the big orders.  The geography has shifted along with the demand. Speaking with several people at the show, it was clear that the Indian market is not comprehended to the extent you’d expect. To call it big is not even close. India is going to be the key aviation market.

Here’s a marker. The USA is a mature air travel market. Using rough numbers, there are 50,000 citizens per airliner in the USA. In India, the ratio is 2 million citizens per airliner. Let that sink in for a moment. In other words, doubling India’s airline fleet, the ratio is still 20 times that of the USA. It is an incredible statistic.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.