In a report released at a news conference in Dushanbe, deputy head of Open Joint-Stock Company Somon Air (Tajikistan’s privately owned air carrier), Abdulqosim Valiyev, noted on July 28 that the American Aircraft Corporation Boeing has not excluded Central Asia’s nations from the number of buyers of its planes.

According to him, Being noted in response to their request that the cessation of the sale of aircraft to Central Asia’s nations is out of question.  

“The reply stated that employees of the Boeing commercial marketing have made an inaccuracy and no restrictions are provided for air companies of our region,” Tajik Air (Tajikistan’s national air carrier) Director-General Dilshod Ismatullozoda added.  

Meanwhile, Somon Air deputy head noted that the company’s fleet will be replenished with two Boeing 737-800s before the end of the next month.  “An agreement on them was signed in February this year,” Valiyev noted.  

He further added that Somon Air plans to increase its fleet to 10 aircraft within the next five years.  

Recall, the Commercial Market Outlook 2022-2024 notes that the plane manufacturer has cut its long-term industrywide forecast due to uncertainty over the impact of sanctions against Russia. 

Most of the aircraft that fell out of the forecast - 1500 aircraft Boeing was going to transfer to Russia. Now the corporation has presented a supply map for 2022-2041, where Russia and Central Asia are shaded in gray - no supplies are planned.

Reuters says Darren Hulst, vice president of commercial marketing at Boeing, told reporters ahead of the report's release that Boeing's view "of medium-term recovery" is "largely unchanged."

"Overall, we still see late 2023, early 2024 as the time where the industry recovers to full or at least the level of pre-pandemic traffic," he said.

At the same time, the corporation believes that sales of new aircraft will be stable over the next decade, as airlines have to increase their fleet to meet the recovering demand for air travel after the pandemic.  Boeing forecasts that operators will need 19,575 new aircraft through 2031, compared to 19,330 last year forecast through 2030.