Japan needs to buy some 660 aircraft, amounting to $92 billion, during the coming 20 years to meet growing passenger demand, Airbus Industrie said Thursday.

Adam Brown, Airbus Industrie vice president in charge of forecasting and strategic planning, predicted that despite the relative maturity of the Japanese market, total passenger demand will grow an average 5.3 percent annually between 1999 and 2018, exceeding the estimated world growth average of 5 percent.

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