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Airbus sees Chinese boost to A380 demand
Airbus has predicted that the
number of Chinese 'mega-cities
-- handling passenger traffic
in excess of 5 billion revenue
passenger-kilometres (RPKs) a
year -- will double to six by 2029,
helping drive increased demand in the region for the
manufacturer s largest aircra , the A380.
Worldwide, the number of such mega-cities will
increase over the same period from nine today to 17,
said Chris Emerson, Airbus s senior vice-president
of product strateg y and market forecasts, at a press
brie ng during the show. India will account for two
of these -- Delhi and Mumbai. Asia will also see a
signi cant increase in the number of cities with
tra c in the range of 1-5 billion RPKs and those
that o er 250 million to 1 billion RPKs.
Emerson predicted that, in time, the A380 will
increasingly be adopted for short-haul, high-density
routes in markets such as China .
Today, 43 A380s are in ser vice, serving 28 routes.
ese are mostly used by airlines as ' agship long-
haul aircra . To date, only one Chinese carrier
has ordered the double-deck 'Superjumbo : China
Southern Airlines, which is acquiring ve.
China Southern s rst A380 had its maiden ight
on 3 March, ying to Hamburg from Toulouse
for painting and cabin installation. e aircra is
scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2011.
The A380 suffered a blow during the Asian
Aerospace show, however, as aircraft lessor
International Lease Finance (ILFC) cancelled its
entire order for ten of the aircra .
" e A380 is a long-term programme," said John
Leahy, Airbus s Chief Operating O cer, Customers.
"Over the next twenty years we see a market of over
1,300 passenger aircra in the very-large aircra
segment. e A380 continues to win new customers
and many are coming back with repeat orders. is
year we ve already won two new A380 customers
and there are more queuing up."
e good news for Airbus was that the ILFC
cancellation came along with a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for a total of 100 re-engined,
single-aisle A320neo-family jetliners, comprising 75
A320neos and 25 larger A321neos.
"With 104 widebodies on order and fewer than a
dozen single aisles it makes perfect sense to rebalance
our order book and position ILFC strategically on
the fuel-e cient neo," said Henri Courpron, ILFC s
chief executive o cer.
More good news for Airbus came in the form of a
rm order from Hong Kong s Cathay Paci c Airlines
for 15 more A330-300 twin-aisle twinjets. Scheduled
for delivery from 2013, the new aircra will join
the airline s existing A330 eet on ser vices across
the Asia-Paci c region. In common with Cathay s
existing A330 eet, the newly ordered aircra will
be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
" e A330 has proved itself to be an extremely
e cient and versatile aircra for Cathay Paci c,
flying on Asian regional ser vices and longer
operations to the Middle East and Australia," said
Tony Tyler, the airline s chief executive. "Our latest
order re ects our con dence that the A330 will
continue to meet our needs well into the future,
both economically and operationally, as a key part
of our eet." n
NEWS IN BRIEF
JET AVIATION has responded to increased
demand for business jet charters by adding
six new aircraft to its managed fleet in
Asia, bringing the total number to 16.
The new aircraft include a Cessna Citation
CJ3, a Gulfstream G550, a Gulfstream IV,
a Bombardier Global 5000 and two Global
Express aircraft. The company offers a
full range of aircraft management and
flight-support services, as well as charter
services. In addition, the company offers
line-maintenance, inspections and defect
rectifications and aircraft-on-ground support in
THE ASIAN Business Aviation Conference
and Exhibition (ABACE) will return next year
in Shanghai, after an absence of four years.
The show organisers -- the National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA) and Asian
Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) -- plan
to hold the show in the first quarter of every
year -- which will likely place it in direct conflict
with the next Hong Kong Asian Aerospace
show in 2013. ABACE will be held next year
from 28 February to 1 March at the Hawker
Pacific Business Aviation Centre at Shanghai's
EUROPEAN PILOT Selection & Training
(EPST) has set up a new pilot-selection centre
in Beijing, under the name Compass Aviation
Consultancy (Beijing). The centre is located at
the Airbus Training and Support centre at Hua-
Ou Aviation -- a joint venture between Airbus
China and China Aviation Supplies Holding.
"Aviation safety starts with good selection,"
says EPST Chief Executive Dick Verburg.
"Selection also saves money as it can avoid
wasted training or extended, unnecessary extra
18 AsianAviation | APRIL 2011
During the show, Airbus announced a follow-on order
for 15 A330-300 jetliners from Cathay Pacific.
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