Airbus has said that it is expecting to deliver three hundred planes next year...
Airbus has said that it is expecting to deliver three hundred planes next year, the same number as planned for this year and eight percent fewer than in 2001 as airlines struggle to emerge from their worst slump since World War II.
The European planemaker, which is Boeing's only competitor in building large commercial airliners, said in an e-mailed statement that it will deliver two hundred and thirty single-aisle planes in the A320-model series and 70 wide-body aircraft, which include the A330 and A340 planes.
The Airbus Chief Executive Noel Forgeard has said he was targeting 300 planes in 2003. Airbus's parent company, European Aeronautic, Defense and Space Company, was estimating between 270 and 300. Analysts and suppliers are predicting fewer deliveries.
?We're certainly expecting lower than that,? said John Middleton, an analyst at ABN Amro in London. A slow economy and weak passenger demand will make it difficult for airlines to pay for new planes, he said.