BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Executives from planemakers Airbus <AIR.PA> and Boeing <BA.N> said on Tuesday that it was too early to say whether the outbreak of a new coronavirus would affect demand for aircraft.
Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer of Airbus <AIR.PA>, told an industry conference in Brussels that the coronavirus could cause an adjustment to demand for aircraft but it would not be large-scale.
“The violent cyclicality seen in the 1980s is no longer there,” Scherer said.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice-president, commercial sales and market at Boeing Commercial Airplanes <BA.N> said that coronavirus had put discussions with Chinese customers on hold.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher and Sarah Young; editing by Alistair Smout)