Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 Prepare to do Battle for Jumbo Supremacy
Airbus is bullish on sales for the A380 Superjumbo this year, even in the wake of the plane’s wing-crack fiasco:
‘Mark Pearman-Wright, head of leasing and investor marketing at Airbus, said the European plane maker would meet its delivery target and sell more A380s than it produces this year.
“We’ll sell A380s to airlines around the world this year,” he told an Ascend aviation conference on Wednesday.’
Boeing, on the other hand, is confident that their newest variant on one of the most successful (albeit older) planes ever, the 747-8 Intercontinental, will show strong sales as well:
‘Boeing is less confident than its European rival of demand for jets over 400 seats, preferring to focus its spending on mid-sized lightweight aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner.
But Tony Simpson, managing director for Europe, Russia and Central Asia at Boeing Capital said negotiations were under way to sell the newly launched passenger version of the 747-8.
“We see a big market to the Middle East and Asia. There are a lot of discussions going on in those places,” he said.’
Boeing has 17 ‘provisional’ orders for the 747-8 while Airbus ‘expects’ to sell 30 A380s this year.
Let the games begin…
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