Airbus sees double demand for aircraft

Airbus sees double demand for aircraft

"Worldwide, germany will be one of the five most important customer countries," said airbus manager chris emerson at the start of the international aerospace exhibition in berlin on tuesday. Airbus boss fabrice bregier announced the 1. January a reorganization of the plants at the european locations is planned in order to increase efficiency. For the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380, he acknowledged problems in meeting the delivery target of 30 aircraft this year.

German airlines will need more aircraft in the coming decades than the airlines from any other european country, emerson explained. At the beginning of the year, a good 670 aircraft were in service with the german airlines; by 2031, the total could be over 1300. "The value of the new aircraft at current list prices is approximately 148 billion u.S. Dollars," airbus announced. For all of europe, emerson estimated the need for 5840 cargo and passenger jets by 2031.

"Airbus has become too big, too heavy," said bregier, explaining the planned new structure. The frenchman, who has been at the helm of airbus since june, wants to achieve leaner management so that airbus can respond more quickly to market challenges than before. The reorganization also affects the largest german airbus plant in hamburg-finkenwerder, with 15,000 employees, where the first examples of the new best-selling a320neo will be built. "Hamburg has improved a lot in recent years," bregier explained.

It is not a question of job cuts, but of a change in internal work processes and powers, the airbus boss emphasized. The plant managers, for example, should be given greater responsibility. Talks are to be held next week with works councils and trade unions.

Production at airbus is running at full speed, and the order books are well filled. However, bregier does not foresee a further increase in production at airbus to more than 42 aircraft per month for the time being.

According to him, the problems of the fine hairline cracks in the wings of the A380 flagship have been solved. Airbus is currently repairing the damage. Referring to the calculations of the parent company EADS, bregier put the cost of damages at around 300 million euros. Airbus plans to sell 30 of the double-decker mega-liner per year. "We need this number to keep production going," said the airbus boss, alluding to the problems with hairline cracks. For this year, however, the goal would be difficult to achieve. So far, 82 a380s are flying – a total of 257 of the world’s largest passenger jet have been ordered to date.

Bregier, however, was optimistic that demand would increase in the medium to long term, mainly due to growing demand from china. The youngest version of boeing’s jumbo jet – the 747-8 – is no competitor for this widebody aircraft. No other aircraft in the world reaches the capacity of the A380.

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