Usually Tom Enders starts the day with a bounce in his step. “When I get up early, I have time to go jogging and can read e-mails in peace and quiet,” said the Airbus chief.
But in recent weeks, a torrent of bad news has interrupted the 57-year-old’s morning routine day after day:
– The A320neo, its mid-range fuel-efficient passenger plane, has problems with its engines.
– A helicopter in the group’s Super Puma series crashed in late April and aviation authorities have grounded the model.
– Technical problems have delayed deliveries of the new A400M military transport, and some German politicians want to cancel orders.
– And production snags have plagued almost every passenger aircraft that Airbus makes, from the commercial standard A320 to the super-jumbo A380.