AirbusÃ¢â‚¬™ chief salesman, John Leahy departed this yearÃ¢â‚¬™s Paris Air Show slightly more upbeat than he was before about the industryÃ¢â‚¬™s outlook and certainly more upbeat than his counterpart at Boeing at the annual event.
Boeing managed to bag only one order Ã¢â‚¬“ a US$153 million deal with MC Aviation Partners, a leasing subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, for two 737-800 narrow bodies. Airbus, on the other hand, walked away from the showwith orders and commitments for 127 aircraft worth a total of US$12.9 billionincluding orders for 50 A320 single-aisleplanes by Wizz, along with deals fromthree Southeast Asian carriers: VietnamAirlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Xwhich ordered 10 of AirbusÃ¢â‚¬™ next-generationwide body, the A350-XWB.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Considering the predictions of single- digit orders by most of the industry forecasters, IÃ¢â‚¬™d say weÃ¢â‚¬™re pleased,Ã¢â‚¬Â Leahy said acknowledging that most of his customers had yet to see any concrete signs of a recovery, but added that crucially the sense of panic that had earlier gripped airline executives had subsided.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the fourth quarter of last year, everybody was in a state of shock. It looked like a situation of free fall,Ã¢â‚¬Â Leahy said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nobody then was thinking about anything but survival, and in many cases that meant survival for the next two weeks, not survival for the next 20 years.Ã¢â‚¬Â