10 JANUARY 2011


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Article from BTNews 10 JANUARY 2011

Airbus review from Tom Enders

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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