Big two aircraft output at all-time high despite recession

There was no hiding Airbus boss Tom Enders’ glee this month at the Airbus/EADS annual conference in Seville when he confirmed that the airframer had defied “the so-called experts” and rather than slashing production by 30%, had kept its nerve and broken all its records in 2009.

It was a different story on sales, with both airframers suffering a significant decline in orders as the industry hit the buffers, and no recovery is expected before 2012.

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