Airbus sees a third of aircraft demand from Asia in next 20 yrs


Airbus SAS, the world’s largest passenger aircraft maker, said that it expects airlines in Asia to take delivery of 8 560 aircraft in the next 20 years, representing a third of the global total.

Chris Emerson, senior vice-president of product strategy at Airbus, said in a statement that he expected demand for 3 360 wide-bodied aircraft and 5 200 new planes in the 100-210 seat category, Reuters reports.

The division of France’s European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co NV sold 644 aircraft worth more than US$84 billion at list prices in 2010, beating rival Boeing Co’s total of 625 planes.