AIRSHOW-UPDATE 1-Airbus sees recovery in air traffic in 2010

miércoles 3 de febrero de 2010 07:49 CET

*Says 25-35 pct total orders this yr to come from Asia

*Sees the number of A380 orders at around 10 this year

*To make 20 A380s this year to catch up production delay (Updates with more details)

By Mariko Katsumura and Harry Suhartono

SINGAPORE, Feb 3 (Reuters) - European aerospace giant Airbus said on Wednesday it sees a recovery in global traffic volume in 2010, but expects its sales of aircraft this year to remain flat.

The company expects to sell around 10 A380 superjumbo jets, the world's biggest aircraft, in 2010, compared with four last year and nine in 2008.

Overall orders for aircraft in 2010 are only likely to be around 250-300, against 310 last year and 900 in 2008, company officials said.

In the longer-term, Airbus sees Asia driving growth in plane orders and expects the region to buy 8,000 aircraft worth $1.2 trillion in the next 20 years and become the world's largest air transport market, ahead of the United States and Europe.

Expectations are for global demand for almost 25,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.1 trillion between 2009 and 2028, Airbus said in a statement.   Continuación...