Supply chain woes plaguing jet delivery may extend to 2026 | Airlines

In a sobering forecast, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh warned that global supply chain issues affecting the delivery of new aircraft are likely to persist for two more years.

Speaking at the IATA annual meeting in Dubai on June 2, 2024, the IATA’s Director General highlighted the enduring challenges facing the aviation industry. According to Walsh, the ongoing supply chain problems may stretch until 2026.

“Our assessment is that it’s not getting worse, but it’s not getting better either. I see these problems continuing certainly through this year, 2025, and probably into 2026,” Wash said.

The prolonged supply chain disruptions have already caused significant frustration among airline executives, who are eager to expand their fleets and align with their long-term growth plans. These delays have hampered their ability to meet rising demand and take advantage of new market opportunities, leading to mounting pressure to find solutions and mitigate the impact on their operations and profitability.

“Some airline chief executives are incredibly frustrated at their inability to get the jets they’ve ordered into service, and that is delaying growth plans and growth opportunities that they have,” Walsh explained.

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