Airbus Group NV is poised to win a Chinese order for commercial aircraft that includes 27 wide- bodies airliners held up for more than a year by wrangling over carbon levies, people with knowledge of the deal said.
John Leahy, chief operating officer at Airbus SAS, spoke yesterday about the outlook for global aircraft demand. The world’s largest maker of commercial aircraft said airlines will buy 25,000 planes worth $3.1 trillion over the next 20 years, buoyed by Asian sales and increased demand for single-aisle models. The forecast is 3 percent higher than the 24,300-aircraft, 20- year requirement predicted by Toulouse, France-based Airbus in February 2008. Laurent Rouaud, senior vice president of market and product strategy, and Stefan Schaffrath, head of media relations, also spoke at the news conference in London.
Airbus SAS is poised to win a $5 billion order as Aeroenlaces Nacionales SA, the Mexican airline known as VivaAerobus, expands and upgrades its fleet of aging Boeing Co. 737s, people familiar with the plan said.
Skymark Airlines Inc. , Japan’s biggest low-cost carrier, said it plans to buy four Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo aircraft, putting it on track to become the first Japanese customer for the world’s biggest passenger plane.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG will split an order for about 50 wide-body aircraft between Airbus SAS and Boeing Co., a purchase with a list value of at least $14 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Airbus SAS Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders was questioned by French police as part of a criminal probe into insider trading at European Aeronautic, Defense and Space Co., the planemaker’s parent company.
The European Union signaled it will defend its right to continue a limited carbon market for airlines until 2020 under a deal being discussed at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization.