Airbus confident of winning Japanese orders

5th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

NARITA, Japan, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - Airbus is confident of winning orders for its A380 superjumbo from airlines in Japan, a stronghold of US arch-rival Boeing, an official at the European aerospace giant said Tuesday.

NARITA, Japan, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - Airbus is confident of winning orders for its A380 superjumbo from airlines in Japan, a stronghold of US arch-rival Boeing, an official at the European aerospace giant said Tuesday.

An A380 took to the skies above Japan Tuesday with senior officials from Japanese carriers, Airbus's industrial partners and the government on board for a demonstration flight of the double-decker airplane.

"It was very positive. I am sure that we are going to succeed in selling this plane in Japan," said Richard Carcaillet, marketing director for the A380, adding that the A380 was "made for Japan."

But he added it was impossible to say when Airbus would land its first order for the superjumbo in Japan, where he said "things take a very long time."

Neither Japan Airlines (JAL) nor All Nippon Airways (ANA) has yet expressed any interest in the A380.

The carriers, both loyal Boeing customers, have increasingly bought smaller planes for shorter flights, particularly to their growing market China.

But Carcaillet insisted that the A380 interested Japanese airlines, saying they were studying the new plane.

The A380 development aircraft arrived at Narita International Airport near Tokyo on Monday. It will leave Japan on Wednesday for Sydney before heading to Taipei on Friday as part of a series of demonstration flights.

Airbus has been bedevilled by costly production and delivery delays to the flagship A380 superjumbo programme which is at the heart of the European manufacturer's strategy of building bigger planes to fly between major hubs.


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