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Airbus gets set to supply region with new aircraft

Airlines in the Middle East and North Africa will need to buy over 1,000 aircraft worth a total of $124 billion up to the year 2023, according to Airbus' latest market forecast. The world's most modern airliner family, which includes the new A350 and A380 21st Century flagships, Airbus expects to win at least half of this business.

More than 1,000 aircraft comprise 630 for growth, plus 385 to replace aircraft currently in service that are growing old. They comprise 485 single-aisle aircraft for which Airbus is competing with its A320 family, 440 small and intermediate-size widebodies for which it offers its A330, A340 and A350 families, and 90 very large aircraft for which it is proposes its A380 family.

Airbus Regional Press Manager David Velipullai, said: "The company forecast predicts the market in the Middle East will grow 7.1 percent higher than the worldwide average of 5.3 percent and in North Africa the growth will be 4.5 percent. Airbus has won more than half the total airliner orders worldwide in five of the last six years. It will also deliver over half the newly built airliners this year, the third time in a row it has done so. It is even more successful in the Middle East and North Africa, where it consistently wins about 60 per cent of new orders."

The Middle East and North Africa is an important region for Airbus, with most of the major carriers in it having made Airbus aircraft the cornerstone of their fleet modernizations. Airlines need a variety of aircraft sizes and ranges to suit the different routes they fly and, with the largest and newest airliner family, Airbus has the best aircraft to satisfy every airline need.

Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have already ordered. The Airbus A380 is also environmentally friendly, making less than half the noise of today's largest airliner and generating fewer emissions.

Amman,10 10 2005
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