Airbus’ Anand Stanley on widebody demand and sustainability | Airlines

When Anand Stanley was appointed President of Airbus Asia-Pacific in July 2020, the aviation industry was suffering greatly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while this was true across the globe, Stanley was tasked with heading up the worst-hit region. According to Airports Council International (ACI), from 2019-2021 air passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region experienced a 62.7 % reduction. In comparison, the total world passenger traffic decreased by only 48.3 %.

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In October 2020, three months into the position, Stanley told Channel News Asia that it would be a “long recovery” with Stanley adding “at the end of the day, we don’t need to just survive, but thrive”.

Four years on, Airbus is reaping the benefits of a surge in demand for aircraft and travel in the region. Asia-Pacific carriers are ramping up aircraft orders, and Airbus is strengthening its sustainable initiatives with the launch of a Sustainable Aviation Hub in Singapore.

It seems that Airbus has surpassed survival mode and is indeed thriving.

At the 2024 Singapore Airshow, AeroTime sat down with Anand Stanley for the next installment of our Executive Spotlight interview series, where he shared what makes Asia-Pacific a perfect region for widebody aircraft. He also revealed a bold forecast of over 20,000 more aircraft orders in the next 20 years.

Why Asia-Pacific holds the key to widebody success 

There is currently a substantial demand for widebody aircraft in Asia-Pacific.

At the 2024 Singapore Airshow, Taiwanese carrier STARLUX and Vietnamese low-cost airline Vietjet both announced major Airbus widebody orders in a span of less than 24 hours. Full-service airlines like Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Philippine Airlines also announced major widebody orders in the second half of 2023.

So, why is there a surge in widebody orders from carriers in the Asia-Pacific region?

Stanley narrowed his answer down to three reasons, citing geography as the first,…

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