-Airbus underlines sustainable practices for “perfect flight”

March 19, 2012– Airbus will underline again its commitment towards sustainable aviation growth at the sixth Aviation and Environment Summit organized by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in Geneva, next week (21-22 March). As a leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus is in pursuit of the perfect flight and believes that its scale-up can start today to shrink the environmental footprint of an aircraft’s flight to a minimum. This can be achieved through the combination of all best practises currently available such as operating the most eco-efficient aircraft, using sustainable alternative fuels and implementing a truly streamlined Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.

“The aviation industry is in a strong position to reduce emissions and perform a ‘perfect flight’,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. “What we need is a clear endorsement by governments and aviation stakeholders in allocating proper resources to venture beyond today’s limitations. I consider a Single European Sky with a 10 % CO2 saving-potential as a low hanging fruit.” Tom Enders added: “Our industry is right on track and is playing its part. In the last decade, we saw a traffic increase of 45 percent but only a fuel increase by three percent.”

Last year Airbus and Air France performed a “perfect flight”, where all the above mentioned levers where pulled together on a regular A321 commercial flight from Toulouse to Paris. This flight cut CO2 emissions by half.

Looking at recent achievements Airbus has launched a “Biofuel Flightpath” together with the European Commission, several European airlines and also biofuel producers. This initiative has clear milestones targeting an annual production of two million tonnes of sustainably produced biofuel for aviation by 2020. In this context Airbus has announced two more European alternative fuel value chain projects in 2011.

More than 90 percent of Airbus Research & Technology investments are of benefit for the environment. Airbus is fully committed to meet the global aviation industry targets: improving fuel efficiency by 1.5 % on average per year to 2020, to cap net carbon emissions from 2020, and work towards the ambitious goal of a 50 % reduction by 2050– compared to 2005 levels.

Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer offering a complete range of aircraft families, from 100 to well over 500 passenger seats, as well as the most modern, comprehensive and eco-efficient product line on the market.

Modern Eco-Efficient Fleets Driving Demand

June 8, 2010 – Airlines in Germany will require nearly 1,150 new passenger aircraft above 100 seats and freighters over the next 20 years, according to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF). These new aircraft will include some 780 short-haul single-aisle aircraft, more than 280 twin-aisle medium to long-range wide-body aircraft, and around 90 very large aircraft such as the A380. These new aircraft are valued at approximately US$ 144 billion at today’s list prices. The main drivers for this investment are the growing demand for air travel and the benefits that can be derived by operating the most modern and eco-efficient fleets. As a result, Germany’s aircraft fleet is expected to more than double, growing from over 500 aircraft (of more than 100 seats) in operation at the beginning of 2009 to more than 1,200 by 2028.

“In terms of new passenger aircraft deliveries, Germany will rank third in the world,” said John Leahy COO Customers, Airbus. “Furthermore, Germany’s leading position as a gateway for the world’s air travelers will be further enhanced especially with Lufthansa’s A380s now joining the fleet.”

Germany’s air travel has achieved 34% growth from 2000 to 2009 despite two of the worst downturns in aviation history. The main growth drivers have been the recovering international traffic from Germany to the Middle East (+180%), emerging markets in China (+117%) and India (+131%), as well as the more traditional markets of North America (+28%) and Asia (+20%). Furthermore, the Airbus GMF predicts that over the next 20 years Western Europe is expected to show an average annual growth rate of 4.4%. Routes to the Middle East (+5.5%), the CIS (+6.0%), Central Europe (+6.7%) and Asia (+4.6%) will be the most important levers for growth. Germany’s strong and growing demand for air travel is based on its continued economic development, growing tourism, the emergence of low-cost-carriers and the country’s position as a major air transportation gateway.

Six German operators (Air Berlin/LTU, Condor, Germanwings, Hamburg International, Lufthansa, plus the German Air Force) currently rely on the excellence of Airbus’ modern product range, operating a combined total of 306 modern, fuel efficient aircraft (216 A320 Family aircraft, 10 A300/A310s, 79 A330/A340s, and now the region’s first A380). Overall, Airbus aircraft make up 55 per cent of today’s fleet in Germany. In addition, 79 more aircraft are still in the Airbus backlog for delivery (65 A320 Family plus 14 A380s). Lufthansa is Germany’s largest Airbus operator, and also the world’s biggest Airbus airline customer.

Today Germany is a major gateway for travelers worldwide, enabled by both its airlines and important hub airports. Out of all the 36 European countries, Germany provides the most passenger traffic into the CIS and China, and second into North America, the Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.