Airbus announced 1,619 gross orders for 2013–1,503 net orders–and a backlog of 5,559 aircraft. The company delivered 626 aircraft for the year. It ended the year with 51% of the market vs. Boeing.
CEO Fabrice Bregier said that 10 years ago Airbus delivered only half the aircraft it did in 2013.
Bregier, at the annual press conference, says “re-engining [the A330] is always an option, but not only option,” reports Reuters. “[Airbus COO-Customers John] Leahy says Airbus could eventually add 1-2 rows to A350-800.”
Aviation Week reports the A350-800 EIS could be moved back a couple of years, also reporting it could be enlarged by two rows.
Bregier says A320 production could increase, reports say from the press conference. (We report in our e-mail distribution today what the production rates will be over the next few years–this will be published on this website next Monday.)
Here are a couple of early stories from the press conference:
Here is John Leahy’s slide show from the press conference: John Leahy’s Slide Show 2013 Annual Press Conference.The slides detail cancellations, including at last Kingfisher’s order for A380s and A350-800s.
Leahy said that the A380 order for 20 from Doric Leasing, announced last year, has not booked yet but will be booked this year.
Leahy says, rhetorically, “It’s about time to re-engine the A330, isn’t it? I don’t know. We sold 77 of them.”
Tom Williams, head of production, says Airbus wants half of the A320 family production for the A321. He says that on long-range missions, the sharklet-equipped family gets as much as 4.2% better fuel economies.
Gunter Butschek, COO of Airbus, says a major goal is to improve the efficiency of the A380 production as it heads toward a goal of delivering 30 a year in 2015.
Bregier on re-engining the A330: “[The A330] is selling very, very well. It’s more competitive than the 787, but we are investing in improving it. [Re-engining] is not in our near-term plans. It’s not the main option for the A330 family.”
Bregier said that “there is something a bit cynical for [Boeing] trying to claim a level playing field, largely losing the case [with respect to the 777X]…doing the same with 777X. Investing $4bn-$5bn and getting twice the subsidy. I reserve my position about what the WTO should say but it is incredibly cynical [by Boeing].”
Bregier says the A350-800 still has an EIS of 2016 but the size of this market is smaller than we had planned.
Leahy says prices for the aircraft will be hiked by 2.6% effective now.