Kuala Lumpur, Jun 9: Many airline chiefs on Tuesday, Jun 9 dismissed safety fears over the Airbus A330, saying that they were confident of the plane's reliability despite last week's Air France jet crash.
Tim Clark, Emirates Airline president said, "It is a very robust airplane. It has been flying for many years, clocking hundreds of millions of hours and there is absolutely no reason why there should be any question over this plane. It is one of the best flying today."
Bjorn Naf, Gulf Air chief executive said that he was 'not concerned at all' over the safety of the carrier's fleet of ten A330-200 planes but would wait for directive from Airbus. He also said that Gulf has no plans to cancel the 20 A330-300 planes and 15 A320 jets it ordered last year.
Earlier, Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy told reporters on Monday, Jun 8 that the A330-200 was a "reliable" plane and that it was too early to conclude otherwise until investigations were completed.