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China has focused, rightly so, on single-aisles (narrow-body aircraft) a lot, and will continue to procure a lot of single-aisles. But I am sure the next step will be getting more wide-bodies. So perhaps one day there will be enough market to look at such a big investment.
The economy is slowing down. This is true globally, this is not true for our market. And we believe that for the next five years, 10 percent plus growth year-on-year, in already the second biggest market in the world, meaning it's extremely important, is a very cautious assumption.
The fall in the euro is extremely important for all industries which export and we export 100 percent. Plus we are facing a competitor, Boeing which operates in dollars. There is an immediate effect for smaller companies which don't have foreign exchange mechanisms. We do and so are less prone to fluctuations in one direction or the other, but ultimately we can say that a ten cents change in the euro against the dollar is more or less a billion for Airbus. So in the long run it has a huge impact for Airbus.
With an average increase in passenger traffic of six percent per year for the entire region for the next 20 years – and I believe this is pessimistic – I believe this region will grow even faster because year on year, our predictions are getting higher.
We have to control the developments – it is essential for the A350. With the evolution of the A320 it was necessary to work more effectively with the so called.
It was actually the first time Japan Airlines did not buy from Boeing and took from us, Airbus. Thirty one planes for long haul flights. So the deal had a lot of resonance.
Yes we have more than 5,500 units, more than nine years of production at current rates and that gives us a great opportunity. It is about preparing for the future, to continue to innovate and to aim to be more competitive in a very tough environment.
No – I am hoping for the success of Airbus that it achieves more orders and deliveries and that we deliver the A350 to Qatar Airways in the last quarter of 2014 which will conclude seven years of development and hard work and we hope it will lead the way to growth in the long-haul segment.
Not at all because it gives us visibility, it allows us to reduce our costs. There is of course what you call discounts on large orders but overall the orders contribute to the improvement in profitability and growth in Airbus. It is not a worry. We have taken orders including 50 A380 for Emirates which will be profitable for the airlines but also Airbus.
Oh I think I am most proud of our A350 flying before the Paris Air Show. But the other two things you mentioned are extremely important for the future of Airbus.
The world is changing. There is open competition everywhere. For us, as a manufacturer, and for Japan Airlines. They need the best aircraft. And I think, for me, this is now the natural trend everywhere in the world. An airline has to select the best product for its future.
We will be sealing the largest single order ever recorded by Airbus to date, both in terms of value and number of aircraft involved.
In 2012 we had a very good year, which was better than expected. We remain the market leader, both in terms of the backlog of orders – with orders for close to 4,700 aircraft on our books – that's seven years of production – and that year after year, we continued to increase our deliveries, our speed of delivery, to our customers.
No, it's not a good thing, and when it comes to flight safety the whole industry supports that and so I hope above all that Boeing can fly the 787 again very, very soon. You must understand that the aviation industry is organised in such a way that we have agencies that verify the safety of our aircraft and that is why we are one of the safest forms of transportation in the world – be it Boeing or Airbus.
What's very important for us is that we have a backlog of orders which is distributed worldwide; especially if you look at China, if you look at Asia, they are our fastest growing areas, so we're not dependent on growth in one area, such as Europe or the United States. Indeed, we are dependent on global growth, and that growth is happening, so I think we can rely on the figures I've announced and we won't see any surprises in 2013.
We're not letting the grass grow under our feet, I think we're moving forward, we are on the road to success, we have new programmes, we're also gradually improving our profitability. And whether we're ahead of Boeing or behind them, the market is growing five percent per year, so who's ahead really isn't that important.
While other companies, even in America, in the aerospace business, are laying off, we hired four thousand people last year, and we'll do the same again this year. We go where the talent is.