ILA Berlin Airshow 2008

Berlin Air Show 2008

Going global to secure the future
28 May 2008

Highlights of Airbus press conference at ILA 2008

Globalisation and eco-efficiency were two key points, which Tom Enders strongly emphasised at the Airbus press conference at ILA today.

Announcing another good year for Airbus, with 397 net orders by the end of April and deliveries on time and on quality, he explained that the ramp up was stable and well managed, while the backlog continued to grow reaching today some 3,700 aircraft, the equivalent of six years of full production.

However Airbus and all the aviation industry face an unexpected lack of skilled engineering resources, which could be compensated by looking for skilled resources outside the Airbus countries. “Our industry has to start thinking and continue to think out of the European box and become global. By increasing our international footprint, we can take advantage of what the world can offer in terms of resources, people and skills,” he said.

Already Airbus has six engineering centres in Europe and has established five others in intellectual “hot spots” in China, Russia, the USA and India.

“I consider it my mission to drive Airbus toward becoming a really global enterprise, with strong roots in Europe but with a truly global business approach,” he stressed. “Securing the future is my job and that of the Airbus top management”.

This approach is also vital when it comes to making this industry even more eco-efficient. “I strongly believe that the key for environmentally friendly and emission less aircraft is technology and innovation,” he said. Airbus is in an experimental phase and has already tested GTL on the A380 and fuel cells on the A320.

R & T is costly and Tom Enders then called on governments to make a greater contribution on these issues, taking the particular example of the implementation of the single European sky, which has been talked about for the past 50 years and could save 10 to 12 per cent emissions.

Airbus flies its three star products into ILA
27 May 2008

Airbus arrived at the 2008 edition of the ILA Berlin air show with one member of each of its three highly successful aircraft families, an A320, an A330-200 and the all-new double-decker A380.

Airbus is highlighting its commitment to eco-efficiency with the display of the A320 featuring the Airbus/DLR/Michelin-fuel-cell-system, which was successfully tested in flight in February this year - a civil aviation's "first".

This year is also the year of India, which is partner country at ILA 2008. Airbus is marking this occasion with the delivery of an A330-200 to international Indian carrier Jet Airways. The aircraft is part of an order for 15 A330s placed by the airline between 2005 and 2007. Airbus has received more than 500 orders in total for this aircraft.

The A330-200 and the A320 will both be on static display throughout the show.

Airbus’ flagship, the A380, piloted by Jacques Rosay and Eckhard Hausser, will take part in the daily flight displays each afternoon. Airbus has received 196 orders and commitments from 17 customers for the A380 and has delivered four of these aircraft to Singapore Airlines. Emirates and Qantas are to receive their first aircraft each this summer.

Watch out for the live broadcast of the A380 flight displays on this site.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the entire Airbus product line on the section of the EADS stand (hall 8, No A18) dedicated to Airbus. The A320 Family, the A330-200, the A350 and the A380 are displayed as 1/20th scale models, while a specific video on fuel cells explains Airbus’ achievements in this domain. Airbus’ objectives are to reduce CO2 emissions and noise by 50 per cent and Nox by 80 per cent for all new aircraft launched starting in 2020.

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