Aircraft delivered on time, Airbus claims

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered hundreds of planes on time last year, according to the company's CEO.

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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered hundreds of planes on time last year, according to the company's CEO.

Tom Ender, who is also Airbus' president, said the manufacturer's customers were satisfied after receiving 453 aircraft in 2007 - 19 more than the previous year.

He added: "2007 was a challenging but also successful year for Airbus. We were successful in the market and mastered the industrial challenges of the production ramp up, the timely delivery of the first A380, and the implementation of the Airbus Power 8 turn-around programme.

Deliveries last year included 367 A320s, six A300 freighters and 79 A330/40 planes. Airbus also provided the first A380 to Singapore Airlines following production problems and lengthy delays.

New net orders throughout the year reached 1341, worth US$157.1 billion at catalogue prices. In total, the company secured 1458 new gross orders valued at $181.1 billion.

Among the deals, 913 A320s were snapped up while airlines also ordered 405 A330/40/50s. Elsewhere, customers requested 23 A380s and 292 A350 XWBs.

The Toulouse-based company's management expects greater delivery numbers this year, with more than 470 promised. "2008 will be as challenging on all fronts," Ender said.

"But I am sure that, with the dedication of our people and all involved, we shall master them. On the commercial side, I anticipate that our order intake will be above our deliveries."

At year-end in 2007, Airbus's backlog for aircraft orders was 3421. According to the company, this represents six years of "steadily increased" production.

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