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A330 Stands to Gain From 787 Grounding

Manufacturing Group | January 24, 2013

Airbus Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier predicts the A330 wide-body aircraf will gain momentum because of Boeing Co. difficulties on its competing 787 Dreamliner.

A330 Stands to Gain From 787 Grounding

“Clearly the fact that the new generation comes late and has teething problems at the beginning means we’ll have more success with this aircraft,” Bregier said in an interview in Davos. The CEO says he does not predict the investigation of the 787 faults will have a knock-on effect on certification of Airbus’s A350, as they do not share the same architecture.

Airbus had so far been wary of exploiting Boeing’s woes for its own sales campaigns, and Bregier expressed solidarity with the U.S. manufacturer at a press conference last week, saying the Dreamliner should return to service as soon as possible. Airbus has pointed to its own share of technical challenges on recent programs, including its flagship A380 double-decker developing cracks in the wing structure.

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