Dec. 11, 2014: Fabrice Bregier, CEO of Airbus Commercial, Thursday vowed there is a solid future for the A380, a day ofter Airbus Group CFO Harald Wilhelm cast doubt over the airplane.
“We have commercial momentum on A380, we will get additional customers. We have to get more customers, and convince them there is much more upside than downside to the A380. We are reducing the recurring costs. Longer term this aircraft has stronger potential. We will one day launch an A380neo and one day launch a stretched A380,” Bregier said on Day 2 of the Airbus Investors Days.
John Leahy, COO-customers, gave spirited support for the A380 in his remarks immediately following Bregier. “We’re negotiating incremental orders,” he said, with four campaigns. Leahy continued to pound the theme he’s promoted for years: that airports like London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita and elsewhere will require larger airplanes as traffic doubles every 15 years.
While airlines that have analyzed the economics of the A380 vs the 777-9 (and our own analysis) conclude that seat-mile costs will be equal, Leahy said the A380 has 8% better costs; he did not detail the assumptions.
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