International passenger air traffic increased by 8.2% in 2010 and air freight increased by 20.6%. The average passenger load factor was 78.4% for the year, 2.7 percentage points up from 2009. In December, IATA raised its airline industry profit forecast for 2010 from USD 8.9 billion to USD 15.1 billion due to stronger market growth.
Airbus and Boeing delivered 972 aircraft in 2010, which was a decline of 1% compared to 2009. The combined order intake totaled 1,269 aircraft, up 121% versus 2009. The order backlog increased by 2% to 6,995 aircraft at the end of 2010.