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Airbus Sees Pandemic as a Blip With 39,000 New Jets by 2040

  • Forecast little changed from pre-Covid pandemic predictions
  • Airbus chasing air freighter market dominated by Boeing
A new Airbus SE A220 narrow-body passenger jet unveiling by Air-France-KLM at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. 

A new Airbus SE A220 narrow-body passenger jet unveiling by Air-France-KLM at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. 

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg
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The coronavirus pandemic that’s stunted aircraft sales represents only a temporary setback, Airbus SE said, with replacement planes tied to reducing carbon emissions driving demand over the next two decades.

Airlines, leasing firms and cargo carriers will purchase more than 39,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2040, the European planemaker said Saturday, unveiling its first long-term market outlook in two years ahead of the Dubai Airshow.