Airbus not seeing major orders at airshow -report


Airbus does not expect big orders at this month’s Le Bourget airshow, the plane maker’s Chief Executive Thomas Enders was quoted as saying in newspaper interviews published today.

Enders told France‘s business daily Les Echos that Airbus could deliver fewer aircraft in 2010 than in 2009.

“It will depend on a number of factors. We still lack visibility on 2010, and airlines lack visibility even more,” Enders said.

In an interview with Germany‘s Handelsblatt, Enders said it would be a “dream result” if Airbus gets 300 orders this year as planned.

“I am confident that we can reach out target for deliveries if there is no further crash in the finance world,” he told Handelsblatt.

Enders said it was confident on the future of the A400M programme and that a deal could be reached with clients.

“We now assume that a maiden flight should be possible before the end of the year” if engines are ready, he told Handelsblatt.

“Then we will start deliveries three years after the maiden flight, say, end of 2012, beginning of 2013” should a deal with customers emerge, he said.