Airbus eyes 50pc Japan mart
TOKYO: All Nippon Airways (ANA) said yesterday the composition of its fleet was under discussion after plane-maker Airbus announced its intent to scoop up half the Japanese market.
The European manufacturer is riding high after bagging a landmark US$9.5 billion (RM30 billion) order from Japan Airlines (JAL) earlier this month, and wasted no time in setting out its aims in a country that has traditionally been a Boeing stronghold.
Airbus has a 13 per cent share of the Japanese market and that figure will almost double to 25 per cent by 2020, thanks to orders already in hand. Further down the road it wants to be the maker of one of every two planes in operation in Japan.
"We are going to raise our market share in Japan," Airbus chief Fabrice Bregier told a business forum here on Monday, adding that he wanted to boost that figure to "as close to 50 per cent as possible".
JAL's announcement two weeks ago that it had agreed to buy 31 airplanes from Airbus set the aviation industry buzzing with speculation that its competitor may follow suit. AFP