Airbus Chief Executive Noel Forgeard said today he expects the aircraft maker will have 110 to 120 orders for its planned A350 jet by the end...
LE BOURGET, France — Airbus Chief Executive Noel Forgeard said today he expects the aircraft maker will have 110 to 120 orders for its planned A350 jet by the end of the Paris Air Show.
Airbus announced an order today for 12 A350s with options on six more from ALAFCO, a Kuwait-based leasing company. Airbus also drew an order 10 of its A330s from India’s Jet Airways, with options on 10 more.
But Jet Airways said Tuesday that it had ordered 20 aircraft from Airbus’ rival Boeing Co. — 10 777s and 10 737s — and placed options for 10 more planes.
Forgeard said the European aircraft maker would deliver at least 360 planes this year. Airbus had said earlier this year it expected to deliver 350 to 360 planes in 2005, after delivering 320 in 2004.
The A350 is designed to compete with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, and the United States and the European Union have filed complaints against each other at the World Trade Organization over what both say are unfair subsidies to the aircraft makers.
Airbus announced an order Monday for 60 of the A350s from Qatar Airways, and previously had 10 nonbinding A350 orders from Spanish carrier Air Europa. Airbus also has 20 commitments from U.S. Airways, which are subject to the completion of its planned merger with America West Holdings Corp.
Forgeard had said Monday the Qatari deal means there are “more than enough” orders to launch the A350.
That decision had been effectively postponed by Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., which said last week it planned to give the green light “by the end of September,” instead of during the show, as many had expected. Dubai-based airline Emirates, which had been expected to order 50 of the planes this week, said two days later it had no plans to announce any purchases.