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.
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.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was told by Airbus SAS that the smallest variant of its new A350 plane wouldn’t see the light of day and dropped his order, a claim the manufacturer disputes.
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.
Airbus SAS has pushed back a decision on whether to put more fuel-efficient engines on its A320 single-aisle jets amid concern the move may overstretch engineering resources at the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, two people familiar with the matter said.
Airbus SAS may win an order from Deutsche Lufthansa AG for about 30 of its new A320neo planes as the airline seeks greater fuel efficiency amid rising oil prices, three people with knowledge of the matter said.