PARIS 2009: Boeing hopes to 'bounce off the bottom'
Boeing's Scott Carson believes an economic recovery may be sight.
Speaking at the Paris Air Show today, the executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said he felt the company was "bouncing off the bottom" of a recession that had hit both the airlines and particularly the air cargo market extremely hard.
He said that during the recent IATA conference in Kuala Lumpur, there had been "pockets of optimism" and he cautiously predicted that growth would return to the industry in 2010.
Carson said the company's predictions for future sales of aircraft still looked "robust". Boeing still believes there is a market for 29,000 new aircraft between now and 2028 with 12,200 replacing older aircraft and nearly 17,000 extra aircraft on top. Although this had been revised downwards by around 2% because of the effect of the recession on the air cargo industry.
Airbus was exerting competitive pressures, but Carson also acknowledged the competition of the smaller manufacturers such as Embraer, Bombardier and Sukhoi whose regional jet offerings are being marketed as alternatives to smaller marques of the Boeing 737 such as the -600 series.
Carson also used his briefing to discuss future upgrades for the Boeing series of airliners. At the top of the addenda was as Performance Improve Package for the Boeing 737 family which would deliver a 2% improvement in fuel economy and "expand the life of this product" he said.
The company has already introduced a new interior design, dubbed 'Sky Interior' which was recently debuted by FlyDubai.
The much-delayed 787 was likely to fly in the next fortnight added Carson but was unlikely to make its maiden flight during the Paris Air Show. The company was pushing ahead on development of the -8, -9 and -3 variants of the new airliner. The -10 was still on the cards, but Carson also said the company was studying an option to re-wing the 777 either in parallel or as an alternative to a 787-10 to counter the coming threat from the Airbus A350XWB.
By Tony Osborne - LARAnews.net Editorial Team, Paris