European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. Chief Executive Tom Enders, who beat his counterpart at Boeing Co. three years ago in a horse race in Wyoming, now has his eyes on a bigger prize: supremacy in global aerospace.
Tom Enders, a swashbuckling one- time German paratrooper, was planning to join German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a state visit to China Aug. 29 when he decided to take an end-of-summer outing and go hang-gliding.
Hours before announcing plans for the biggest merger in aerospace history, Tom Enders stood on a Berlin airfield and poked fun at the title of German aviation coordinator Peter Hintze by calling him ``the Terminator.''
Tom Enders slipped on his tan leather aviator jacket and shades and settled in the pilot seat of a white helicopter, before commanding the chopper through the skies of northern Germany on its 20-minute flight to Hamburg.
Airbus Industries SAS is more likely to lower than increase production rates, and maintaining the current level of 34 single-aisle jets built each month would be a success, Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said.