Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas, presented the Airbus outlook at the British American Business Council Pacific Northwest conference today.
- The A330 went on longer than we thought it would, and are going to nine a month from 10.
- He still sees a market for the A330ceo with airlines other than the long-sought China order.
- We’ve had unexpected success for the A321 as a replacement for the Boeing 757 and 767-200; 934 A321s orders and conversions from A320 in just the last two years. First airplanes from Mobile (AL) plant will be A321s, which had been planned for the A320.
- The A321neoLR brought to the market place just under two weeks ago and already have interest. There is a bit of wing strengthening, a bit of structural restrengthing.
- The A330 has become the bread-and-butter of the long range business. It has the largest operator based, 106, than any other wide-body.
- Our strategy is to take today’s product and improve it. We followed the A320neo strategy with the A330neo. A330neo has 95% spares commonality with A330ceo.
- Fundamental difference vs Boeing supply chain (in response to a question) that Boeing is out there with Partnering for Success program to drive down costs, it’s a very aggressive program. Our approach is we can’t deal with all our suppliers so we deal with Tier 1s, who we expect to deal with Tier 2 and they with Tier 3s. We are very open to looking at new suppliers. Our cost base is in Euros so we are looking for more dollar-based suppliers.
- Short-term answer about a Washington State engineering base (in response to a question) is no. We like the idea of coming to the US (Wichita, Mobile) and long-term could expand. However, A350 engineering demands are now behind us. So we are not looking for lots of engineers right now.