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Airbus predicts sale of 26,000 aircraft by 2030

AIRBUS will supply nearly 26,000 aircraft in the next 20 years.

The company, which employs more than 6,000 people at its wing-making plant in Broughton, increased its long-term demand forecast by 3.6% due to a perceived rise in the need for single-aisle aircraft, and remains convinced more than 1,700 A380-sized planes will be required between now and 2030.

The airframer presented its 2010 Global Market Forecast (GMF) in Toulouse, where it predicted some 25,850 new airliners (including 870 freighters) will be delivered over the next 20 years, worth $3.2 trillion.

This compares with 24,951 aircraft worth $3.1 trillion in its last forecast, published in September 2009.

It puts long-term demand in this category at 17,900 units, about 1,000 greater than it forecast a year ago.

The airframer’s forecasts in other categories are similar to last year’s GMF.

It expects twin-aisle demand will reach 6,240 units through to 2029 (including freighters), while the very large aircraft sector (A380s) will account for 1,700 deliveries, including 1,300 passenger aircraft and 400 freighters.

John Leahy, chief operating officer, said: “The recovery is stronger than predicted and reinforces both the resilience of the sector to downturns and that people want and need to fly.”

He added: “Our entire product range is very well positioned to meet the economic and environmental needs for sustainable growth for the decades ahead.”

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