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Financial Times  May 15  Comment 
Airbus crash inquiry; car recalls, Bombardier and cancer drugs also in the news
Reuters  May 14  Comment 
India's defence procurement agency has cleared the purchase of 56 transport planes from Europe's Airbus in collaboration with local partner Tata Sons in a deal worth an estimated $1.9 billion, a defence ministry source said on Thursday.
Yahoo  May 14  Comment 
The maiden flight of China's only homegrown commercial jet, the Comac C919, is behind schedule and delivery could be pushed back as much as two years, sources familiar with the program said, dealing a blow to its push to challenge Airbus and...
Yahoo  May 13  Comment 
The maiden flight of China's only homegrown commercial jet, the Comac C919, is behind schedule and delivery could be pushed back as much as two years, sources familiar with the program said, dealing a blow to its push to challenge Airbus and...
Yahoo  May 12  Comment 
TOULOUSE/BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbus (AIR.PA) carried out on Tuesday its first test flight of an A400M military transporter plane since Saturday's fatal crash in Spain that led some European countries to ground the carriers. Madrid earlier on...
Forbes  May 12  Comment 
Qatar Airways, which remains the first and only operator of the Airbus A350XWB, is preparing to introduce new complexities to the aircraft's operation early next year.
New York Times  May 12  Comment 
An Iranian airline blacklisted under United States sanctions has bought nine used Airbus passenger planes for an undisclosed amount from unidentified sellers.
newratings.com  May 11  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - The French market was trading lower on Monday, as concerns remained with Greece due for a 750 million euro payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday. Eurozone finance ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels today...
Yahoo  May 11  Comment 
PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Airbus Group (AIR.PA) investors fretted on Monday about the fate of Europe's largest defense project as an investigation into what caused Saturday's fatal crash of an A400M military transporter plane got off to a slow...
New York Times  May 10  Comment 
Four of the five countries that operate the Airbus A400M aircraft said they were suspending operations of their fleets after a fatal crash during a test flight near Seville, Spain.




 
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The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS.PA) is the dominant aerospace company in Europe today. Its largest subsidiary, Airbus S.A.S., is an aircraft manufacturing company based out of several European nations, with the majority of its operations in France, Germany and Spain. The majority of EADS's profits arise from Airbus' operations.

Airbus and its primary competitor Boeing control most of the commercial airplane industry. Recently, Airbus has faced a barrage of difficulties stemming from delays with both the A380 and A350. These delays could cost Airbus more than $4B in the form of penalties, higher production costs and order cancellations. As a result of these delays Airbus is also significantly behind Boeing in terms of its current production cycle. It may be years before they can launch a new model that can effectively compete with Boeing's latest aircraft. In a positive development for EADS, the company beat 1Q08 sales and earnings forecasts on the strength of strong sales across all major divisions other than Airbus.

So true. Honesty and everything recgoniezd.

Trends and Forces

Future of Aviation: Hub and Spoke vs. Point to Point

In investing such a great deal of its resources towards the development of the A380, Airbus has made a bet on the growth of the Hub and Spoke model of transport. If this model takes hold in the future, it will bode well for the A380 as it can cater to high-density routes. If a point-to-point model of transport takes hold, the existance of extremely high volume routes will be minimized thereby lowering the demand for the A380.

Fuel Costs

Airplane fuel costs account for a large part of airline operating costs. Fuel prices move in tandem with oil prices, their primary determinant. When fuel costs rise airlines have two choices: pass on higher fuel costs to passengers, decreasing consumer demand for travel, or absorbing costs direct order fewer aircraft. Rising fuel costs can also lead to greater demand for more fuel efficient aircraft.ly .

That's ralely thinking at a high level

Aviation Sector Demand

Demand for Airbus Aircraft is determined by the success comercial airlines, which is in turn related to the fortunes of the individual airline and the state of the Aviation industry as a whole. The Aviation industry is extremely cyclical in nature, with downturns resulting from freak occurrences such as terrorist attacks. In taking orders for Aircraft, Airbus takes a risk that orders may be later cancelled. Generally, when airlines place orders, they pay between 3-5 percent of the total costs on order, and the next 20% in installments over the next year or two, while the final 75% is paid upon delivery. This backlog represents a potentially high risk in the event of a recession or large default.

International Demand

The commercial aircraft industry currently lies at a turning point in the dynamics of international aircraft demand. Traditionally emerging markets have accounted for less than 5% of commercial aircraft demand but over the course of the next twenty years, 1 in 5 aircraft deliveries will be to emerging markets. With traffic growth rates of 10% a year, markets like India and China will be crucial to the successes of Airbus.

Aircraft Fleet Growth in India and China
Country Passenger Fleet Size in 2005 Passenger Fleet Size in 2025 Freighter Fleet Size in 2005 Freighter Fleet Size in 2025
India 190 959 8 134
China 758 26666 33 409

This trend continues to the rest of the emerging world in Eastern Europe, Latin America, the CIS, and Africa. Traffic Growth rates in the developed world will average 4-5% compared to 8-10% for the emerging world.

Competition

Airbus and Boeing dominate the manufacturing of commercial aircraft. Currently Airbus has 48% of future orders in terms of value and 51% percent of orders in terms of total aircraft. Airbus dominates in the category of narrow-body aircraft orders with its workhorse A320. Boeing dominates in the more lucrative category of small/medium wide-body orders.

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