Fwd = Airbus gets first order for A3XX
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Original Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 21:39:51 +0200
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Airbus gets first order for A3XX
1 May 2000
[INLINE] Emirates has announced its decision to be a launch
customer for the A3XX. The decision comes after a thorough
evaluation of the aircraft's performance and economics and was
heavily influenced by Emirates need to expand capacity on some
routes, where the airline was constrained by limited 'slot'
availability. Emirates is the first airline to officially commit
to the project.
During a joint press conference on Friday in Dubai, His Highness,
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, confirmed
that he had officially notified the Airbus Chief Executive Officer
Nol Forgeard that Emirates would acquire up to ten A3XXs, of which
five would be a firm order, for deliveries starting in 2006, as
soon as the final launch decision is made. The ten aircraft could
include two freighters.
Airbus has been actively investigating the demand from airlines
for high capacity aircraft that can ease future congestion. The
A3XX family will provide a range of twin aisle, twin deck planes.
For example, the stretch A3XX-200 will be capable of transporting
656 passengers. The freight market, currently growing at twice the
rate of the passenger market, will also benefit with models such
as the A3XX-100F, which will offer improvements in the
productivity and range of freighter aircraft.
A decision to go ahead with the A3XX, expected later this year,
with aircraft first flying in 2004, will take Airbus into an arena
that previously was the sole property of Boeing's 747. The
American company does not believe there is a market for 'super
jumbos' and says that stretched 747s can do the job and has a team
of designers and engineers working on the project. Boeing has no
plans to develop a new aircraft to oppose Airbus.
BAE SYSTEMS owns 20 percent of Airbus. The other partners are
French Aerospatiale Matra with 37.9 percent, Dasa, of Germany,
with 37.9 percent and CASA of Spain holding 4.2 percent. The three
continental European companies are combining this year to form
EADS, and are keen to establish Airbus Industrie as a single
company rather than the consortium it now is.
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