Chinese A380s Airbus orders in pipeline

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 21 (AFP) - Airbus is set to ink its first orders from Chinese airlines for five A380 super jumbo airplanes on January 28, according to French Transport Minister Gilles de Robien's schedule for the week of January 20-28 states.

PARIS, Jan 21 (AFP) - Airbus is set to ink its first orders from Chinese airlines for five A380 super jumbo airplanes on January 28, according to French Transport Minister Gilles de Robien's schedule for the week of January 20-28 states.

"The signing of the contract between Airbus, China Southern and CASC (China Southern and Chinese Aviation) for the purchase of five A380s," it says for the date of Friday January 28.

At the official unveiling of the A380 on Tuesday, Airbus chief executive Noel Forgeard told a press conference that he expected to get an order for the airplane from a Chinese carrier in the coming months.

Although orders have flooded in for the A380, Airbus's success is seen as depending on whether it can interest China, one of the world's biggest operators.

Airbus, which hopes the A380 will enable it to increase its global lead over US rival Boeing, did well last year on the Chinese front, recording firm orders for 58 of its smaller planes, including three from Hong Kong, and letters of intent for 23 more.

© AFP

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