Tell Me, Airliner Manufacturers... Do You Feel Lucky?
Responding to some
media reports referring to future Airbus' deliveries or production
schedules, Airbus has published some comments about its outlook for
the next few years.
2003: As repeatedly stated during the past
weeks and months, Airbus expects to deliver 300 airliners in 2003,
in spite of the succession of crisis that have affected the air
travel industry since the second half of 2001.
2004: For next year, Airbus is not yet in the
position to provide firm figures. As recently and publicly
indicated by Noel Forgeard, President and CEO, Airbus foresees for
the time being a level of deliveries which would be in the same
order of magnitude as in 2003.
2005: As anticipated by several industrial
sources, a market recovery in terms of deliveries can be envisaged
in two years from now. However, it is even more premature to
predict at this stage a reliable delivery level for 2005.
Airbus notes that, "The figures reported by a few media today
are based on working documents that need to be established, at the
various levels of the organization, in order to monitor
consistently the industry cycles and allow the Airbus teams,
suppliers and other stakeholders to plan ahead. Such working
documents include internal working assumptions, constantly
re-adjusted, and often refer to specific phases of the industrial
process rather than to actual global deliveries."