Airbus chief salesman John Leahy admitted yesterday that even he was taken by surprise by the remarkable resurgence in sales this year of the company’s Airbus A330 product line.
The company has already committed to increasing A330/A340 production to nine per month by 2009 and it is likely to hit an all-time high of 10 per month. The move has been fuelled by an influx of commitments for the A330, led by Hong Kong Airlines’ memorandum of understanding for 20 aircraft and AirAsia X’s order for 15.
Looks like its turning out to be a nice year for the A330.
He says: “We were surprised at needing to go to 8-10 aircraft per month. Now we understand what is happening. I think we will keep the A330 at 10 per month for a long while.” The A330, he claims, competes well with the Boeing 787 for carriers focusing on capacity because although “it will burn a little more fuel” it is cheaper to acquire and provides as many as 30 more seats per aircraft.
I wonder will we see some A330 orders announced this week.