10 JANUARY 2011
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Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said in an end of year statement to staff that he was optimistic regarding 2011 in terms of orders and deliveries. The Toulouse-based manufacturer's output was just over 500 aircraft last year, a record figure.
"Overall, 2010 has been a good year, with a better-than-expected market recovery with, again, record commercial deliveries and an order intake which will be at least 50% higher than we expected it to be at the beginning of the year," the note said.
Airbus has delivered 18 A380s this year, below an initial target of 20. A 19th aircraft was to go to Qantas but this will slip into the "first weeks of January", an Airbus spokesman confirmed. Blame was placed on Rolls-Royce due to modifications required on the Trent 900 engine. www.airbus.com
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