das press conference

Published November 12th, 2007 - 10:08 GMT

das press conference

Speech by Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, and many thanks for joining us at this Airbus press conference here at the Dubai Airshow, one of the big Airshows in the world.

It is a great honour for me to be here, and also to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Civil Aviation in Dubai. Seventy years ago aviation started here with the first ever landing of a civil airliner, an Imperial Airways aircraft. This heralded the prospect of a new era for the town, its people and for the region overall – and marked the beginning of a tremendous development, which led Dubai become a real hub. And this is really worth celebrating.

The birthday reminds us all too well of the fundamental fact of our industry:
Aviation is key to development around the globe.
Aviation is key to global growth.
Congratulations and happy birthday to Aviation in Dubai!
Air traffic in the Middle East is growing rapidly – faster than international norms. Here we have some of the world's most dynamic economies. Benefiting from visionary infrastructure investments and a unique geographical position the UAE is today among the top 10 countries investing in new aircraft. The Middle East will see a yearly traffic growth of eight per cent, fourth in the list after China, India and Eastern Europe. Consequently, the Middle East has emerged as a key centre for international air traffic. Over the last ten years Dubai has evolved as one of the top ten hubs for international traffic.

This is, why I am particularly pleased to hold my first press conference in Dubai as CEO of Airbus. John will later present an update on where we stand with our products on the market.  But first I would like to briefly review the situation at Airbus.

Airbus as a company

First of all, Airbus aircraft are enjoying a continuing high demand from more than 330 customers and operators. Our order-book is steadily growing. In October we passed the impressive landmark of 8,000 total order-intakes. We are currently building on an unprecedented backlog of clearly more than 3,000 aircraft, ensuring business continuity at record production rates for at least the next five years,


….we have to ensure our long-term competitiveness. We have to re-establish our customer’ s confidence, that we can and will deliver – short-, medium- and long-term – on time, quality and cost.

As you know, if the dollar decreases by 10 cents, we are challenged to save another one billion Euros.

Therefore Airbus is currently undergoing a fundamental turn-around of the company.

Where do we stand with the A380?

The first A380 was delivered, as announced one year ago, on 15th October, to Singapore Airlines. It has now been flying in scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney in its third week.

A total of 13 A380s are to be delivered in 2008 and we shall continue to ramp-up to reach four aircraft per month in 2010. Four per month is the current maximum capacity we are planning for. In this context you should remember that one A380 represents about eight A320s in terms of workload. This should give you an idea of what we have in front of us.

And where are we with the A350?

We shall continue this trend with the A350 XWB. This all new aircraft will mark another step towards bringing new levels of fuel efficiency, environmental friendliness and eco-efficiency to air transportation.

The A350 XWB was only launched in December last year, and has already won 196 firm orders from nine customers. This unquestionably confirms the success of our new product.

Other products and increasing deliveries

This year Airbus is on track to delivering around 450 aircraft, a historical high - for Airbus and for the aviation industry. Our production rates will continue to increase in line with demand. We are going from the current 36 A320 Family per month to 40 in 2010, from 7 A330/A340 now to 10 in 2010, and to 4 per month also in 2010 for the A380.

Towards a growing and even more … eco-efficient air transportation

Air transportation is going to continue to grow. To cope with an average traffic growth of around 5 % per annum over the next 20 years, about 23,000 new passenger- and freighter-aircraft will be needed.
For me - Air transportation is already one of the most - if not the most - efficient means of transportation. Today air transportation generates about 8 % of the economic growth in terms of GDP, while using only 5 % of the fuel, and - even more importantly - producing only 2% of the man-made CO2-emissions and 40% of world trade in terms of value via air traffic. Think about it: 8 % GDP for only 2% of the emissions. I leave it to you to compare this with other means of transport. But one thing is clear: Air Transportation is already a leader in eco-efficient mobility. This is all too often forgotten or deliberately ignored.

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