FRANKFURT May 4 EADS EAD.PA Chief Executive
Louis Gallois said he was certain the Airbus parent would win a
bid for a U.S. aerial refueling fleet contract, according to an
"I would even bet that we will get the contract," Gallois
told German tabloid Bild in an interview published on the
paper's website late on Monday.
EADS North America said last month it planned to challenge
Boeing Co (BA.N) for the contract worth up to $50 billion after
failing, according to reports, to find a key partner.
"We have a real chance of winning. We have the better
plane," Gallois told Bild, without commenting on the company's
search for a partner to support its bid for the contract.
Gallois also expects a recovery of the aviation industry to
be reflected in new orders for aircraft from late 2011 or early
The world's airlines lost about $9.4 billion last year as
customers curbed spending during the recession and they stand
to lose another $2.8 billion this year, according to the
International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Airbus said on April 8 it sold 60 aircraft and delivered
122 in the first quarter, outpacing the first three months of
last year amid signs airlines are starting to emerge from the
financial crisis. [ID:nLDE63706K]
"I am not sure whether the financial industry has learned
all the lessons of the financial crisis. Uncertainty over
individual national risks could lead to a domino effect,"
Commenting on the planned bailout of Greece, Gallois said
the euro zone could benefit from swift help for the southern
European nation if there is a healthy balance of support and
European finance ministers agreed on Sunday on a record 110
billion euro bailout for debt-stricken Greece after Athens
committed to years of painful austerity. [ID:nLDE6400CL]
"Everybody wants to avoid (a collapse of Greece) because a
stable euro zone is economically our best protection. I was
listening very carefully to (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel
when she ruled out that Greece could leave the euro zone,"
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; editing by Andre Grenon)