Guillaume Faury (CEO of Airbus): “airlines are emerging but the situation remains fragile”

In le Journal du Dimanche , the boss of the European aircraft manufacturer repeats that the group’s main challenge is decarbonization.

With a well-filled order book , in particular thanks to Air France-KLM, Airbus seems to have turned the Covid page. At least for the moment. In the Journal du Dimanche , Guillaume Faury, the boss of the aircraft manufacturer European is satisfied with these very good results which put Airbus ahead of Boeing in the number of aircraft ordered.

“These contracts are a strong sign as our customers, the airlines, are starting to emerge from the crisis and prepare for the future. The replacement of their fleets by latest generation aircraft is a decisive lever for reducing their emissions “, he underlines. However, this recovery risks to be strongly upset by the emergence of the Omicron variant which is pushing more and more countries to reintroduce restrictions for foreign travelers.

“We will succeed, we must”

“However, let us remain cautious: air traffic has taken off again, strongly on domestic routes, more timidly at international level al. But the situation remains fragile, as the new restrictions and the Omicron variant show us, “he confirms.

However, the leader wants to be optimistic and confirms the sheet of the group. “If our industry begins to put the pandemic behind it, the coming years will bring major challenges, such as the upturn and decarbonization”.

Airbus intends to respond to the challenge posed by the ecological transition in aviation and the objective set by Emmanuel Macron: put a low plane into service carbon on the horizon 100. That is to say tomorrow .

“Commercial aviation is only at the beginning of its story if we succeed in this challenge. (…) If this is successful, the plane will become the ideal means of transport. We really tackled this with ambition and determination. We put a lot of resources to unite around us people from air transport, energy, airports, regulators, major financiers of the planet. We will succeed, we must “, he insists. Olivier Chicheportiche BFM Business Journalist