Airbus sees more than 300 deliveries this year

6th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 5 (AFP) - The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus foresees deliveries this year of slightly more than 300 planes, chairman Noel Forgeard said in an interview to appear Thursday in the newspaper La Tribune.

PARIS, May 5 (AFP) - The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus foresees deliveries this year of slightly more than 300 planes, chairman Noel Forgeard said in an interview to appear Thursday in the newspaper La Tribune.

"At the start of the year we had planned to deliver fewer than 300 planes but we are today looking at slightly more than 300, as in 2003," he told the paper.

"If current trends are confirmed, I do not rule out the possibility of stepping up the pace in 2005."

Airbus currently accounts for 57 percent of worldwide civilian aircraft orders, Forgeard said, adding that Airbus and US rival Boeing should deliver around 590 planes this year, as they did in 2003.

"If the (global economic) recovery continues, orders will pick up in the second half of this year," he predicted.

He said Airbus had received 129 firm orders for its wide-bodied A380 jumbo jet, adding that "we are in discussions with with four companies, including some in China."


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