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13 January 2015
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus in 2014 and beyond: “Delivering on commitments, preparing the future”

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12 January 2015

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Airbus management team members participating at the company’s year-opening press conference were (from left to right): Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of Programmes– Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer– Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO– and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers

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12 January 2015

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Providing comments at the year-opening press conference was Airbus’ current management team (from left to right): Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of Programmes– Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer– Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO– and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers

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12 January 2015

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Members of Airbus’ current management team, from left to right: Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of Programmes– Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer– Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO– and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers

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13 January 2015

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Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).

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12 January 2015

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Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier speaks to international reporters at the company’s year-opening press conference for 2015 – which was held in Toulouse, France on 13 January

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12 January 2015

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Key 2014 achievements highlighted during Airbus’ year-opening press conference included strong bookings for the company’s A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) families

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12 January 2015

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Speaking at the year-opening press conference, Chief Operating Officer – Customers John Leahy provided details about Airbus’ newly-launched A321neo variant with longer range

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12 January 2015

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Airbus’ newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams, was among the company managers on hand at the 2015 year-opening press conference in Toulouse, France

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12 January 2015

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Didier Evrard, Airbus’ newly-appointed Executive Vice President Head of Programmes, was front-and-centre at the company’s 2015 year-opening press conference

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12 January 2015

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According to Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier, the company’s 2015 priorities include the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner’s service entry– delivery start-up for the increased maximum takeoff weight A330– transition of the A330neo variant into detailed development– and production ramp-up for the A350-900

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12 January 2015

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Airbus’ year-opening press conference on 13 January, during which the company provided an outlook for 2015, was attended by international reporters

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12 January 2015

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Chief Operating Officer – Customers John Leahy said the newly-launched A321neo (new engine option) variant with longer range extends the market reach of Airbus’ A320neo Family

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19 October 2016

Highlights: Airbus’ 2015 year-opening press conference

A highly-successful 2014 – during which Airbus achieved a new company record of 629 deliveries, while also receiving 1,456 net orders from 67 customers – is outlined by management during the year-opening press conference held 13 January 2015 in Toulouse, France. Providing comments in this video clip are President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers.

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19 October 2016

Airbus’ 2014 highlights

The company’s successful 2014 – during which it booked more than 1,456;_LINE_TERMINATEDnet orders and delivered 629 aircraft – is recapped in this “best of”;_LINE_TERMINATEDvideo. Highlights from the 12-month period include: completing the A350;_LINE_TERMINATEDXWB’s successful flight test campaign and Airbus’ first A350-900;_LINE_TERMINATEDdelivery to global launch customer Qatar Airways; July’s A330neo (new;_LINE_TERMINATEDengine option) launch; the maiden flight of the A320neo during;_LINE_TERMINATEDSeptember; three new customers receiving their first A380 jetliners in;_LINE_TERMINATED2014; and more.

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Airbus has set its sights on another busy year of commercial and industrial activity, having delivered on its commitments in 2014 – during which it achieved a new aircraft delivery milestone, attained an industry record backlog, and marked new progress toward a more agile and rapid-reacting organisation.
Speaking at Airbus’ year-opening press conference, President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said 2015 priorities in preparing the future include: the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner’s service entry in the fourth quarter; delivery start-up in May of A330s with an increased 242-metric tonne maximum takeoff weight; transition of the A330neo variant into detailed development later this year; and production ramp-up for the A350-900, along with pre-assembly preparations for the longer-fuselage A350-1000 version – the first of which is to enter the final assembly line in early 2016.  
“In the coming year, we also will focus on our competitiveness by continuing to reduce costs, being more efficient, faster in our developments, and further increasing quality in our deliveries,” he told international reporters gathered in the Airbus Delivery Centre at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France. 
Incremental innovation will remain at the heart of Airbus’ product line development, with Brégier citing the A320neo Family’s success as an example of how this approach meets market demand – having booked 3,621 orders through December 2014 for the new engine option family of single-aisle jetliners.  
Market endorsement of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy
“This is a very strong endorsement of our strategy,” he explained.  “What I want is that we move faster, for more innovation that perhaps is simpler – but which will be much more rapid in meeting customer demand.”
The latest example of incremental innovation is today’s official launch for Airbus’ longer-range A321neo version, as Air Lease Corporation becomes the first to select this option that incorporates an additional fuel tank in the aircraft’s forward underfloor hold, as well as minor improvements on the wing and fuselage.  With an increased maximum takeoff weight of 97 tonnes, the A321neo variant will have a 4,000-NM. range – the longest of any single-aisle jetliner.  
John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, said the longer-range A321neo version extends the A320neo Family’s market reach, enabling this latest variant to operate on such flights as the U.S. East Coast to Europe; from Northern Europe to Asia; on routes between Australia and Southeast Asia; from Europe to the Middle East and West Africa; and north-south routes in the Americas.
“This aircraft goes after the market that everyone said needed a replacement: segments flown by the old 757-200s, where single-aisle jetliners are used on long-range operations,” said Leahy. “We foresee some 500 aircraft in replacement, but it’s more: there’s another 500 aircraft for growth from new market opportunities that can be flown by the long-range A321neo, which will burn about 30 per cent less fuel.”
2014: a good year for Airbus’ single-aisle and widebody jetliner families
In addition to 2014’s strong bookings for Airbus’ single-aisle A320neo and A320ceo (current engine option) families, last year marked a good performance for Airbus’ widebody products – including the A350 XWB and the A330neo. 
As one example, Brégier cited the decision of U.S.-based Delta Air Lines to select the A330neo for its transatlantic services and the A350 for the carrier’s transpacific routes.  “This confirms the quality of our A330 and A350, which complement each other, and together form the strongest long-range jetliner family in the world.”
Brégier said Airbus also continues to see a bright future for its A380, based on the excellent results of the current 13 airline operators and its passenger popularity, along with the continued growth in air traffic worldwide. 
“The priority today is finding other customers for the A380’s current version; we believe we can and we will do this – because the A380 is the most efficient, today and tomorrow,” he added.
Incremental innovation also is being applied to the A380 in the near term.  The possibility of higher-density cabins is now being offered – with 11-abreast seating in economy class, as an example, while still retaining Airbus’ 18-inch seat width comfort standard for long-range flights.   
“In the longer term, I believe we will move to evolutions of the A380: one might well be an A380neo concept – meaning some upgrades of the aircraft, together with a re-engining; which would make sense,” Brégier concluded. “As the A380 is a young platform, we will continue improving this aircraft in the coming 20 years.  There probably even could be a stretched version – depending on the market demand, and looking at what we can do technically and financially.”
For additional information:
Read the 2014 results press releaseWatch the annual press conference video replaySee the Airbus Press centre’s key documents and ordertablesReview the press release on Airbus’ A321neo increased range versionFollow Airbus on Twitter: @Airbus and #AirbusResults
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Airbus management team members participating at the company’s year-opening press conference were (from left to right): Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of Programmes– Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer– Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO– and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers

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