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China’s EU Envoy Says ‘Makes Sense’ for Airlines to Spurn Airbus

March 09, 2012

China’s ambassador to the European Union said it is sensible for Chinese airlines to spurn Airbus SAS planes in favor of models from rival Boeing Co. over the EU’s cap on aviation emissions of carbon dioxide.

“It makes sense for them to go to Boeing,” Wu told reporters today in Brussels. “This is largely a commercial issue to be decided by the airlines.”

Chinese airlines may forgo Airbus deliveries to protest Europe’s emissions cap, Louis Gallois, chief executive officer of Airbus parent European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., said yesterday. China is among 27 nations that have said they will consider retaliatory steps following Europe’s extension of its carbon market to aviation.

“The decision made by the EU side is a little bit hasty,” Wu said. It isn’t “proper” for Europe to draw a line “which could lead to retaliation,” he said.

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