The world’s jetliner fleet should top 39,500 aircraft in 10 years, as a wave of new deliveries­—overwhelmingly narrowbody twins—combines with a somewhat slower retirement rate to expand the in-service fleet by an annual rate of about 3%, according to Aviation Week’s latest Fleet & MRO Forecast. The 2014 forecast predicts that more aircraft will be in service by 2023 than had been projected in last year’s forecast, and those aircraft will fly more, with utilization projected to ...

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