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Airbus Plans to Deliver, Sell 25 to 27 A380s in 2011, 2012

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Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS will deliver 25 to 27 of its A380 superjumbo jets by the end of this year and next year, and projects sales of about the same number, as the company works toward a goal of three a month, an executive said.

The Toulouse, France-based planemaker is considering adding about 150 seats to the world’s largest airliner by around 2020, Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said today at a Credit Suisse Group AG conference in New York. The double-decker A380 currently can carry as many as 525 passengers.

Customers that operate the plane are winning market share and are requesting a version with more capacity, said Leahy. Air travel continues to expand, overwhelming airports’ capacity for takeoff and landing slots and requiring larger planes, he said.

Shares of Airbus’s parent company, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., rose 3.7 percent to 22.20 euros in Paris.

To contact the reporter on this story: Susanna Ray in Seattle at sray7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net

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