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Sep 14, 2012

Airlines grapple with food vs. biofuel debate

BERLIN (Reuters) – Airlines battling to cut costs and pollution may not find a quick fix in biofuels, as concerns grow that using feedstocks to create an alternative to kerosene will push food prices higher.

The European Union plans to impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels, in a major shift in the region’s much-criticized biofuel policy, according to draft legislation seen by Reuters.

Sep 14, 2012

BAE talks may spur European drone development

BERLIN, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A merger between EADS
and Britain’s BAE Systems could strengthen European
efforts to develop unmanned ariel drones, after competition
between the two firms allowed the United States and Israel to
dominate a growing market.

The attacks on the United States of Sept. 11, 2001 ended
official scepticism over the value of drones and Airbus maker
EADS has spent years and around 500 million euros ($645 million)
working on the Talarion drone in the hope of an order from the
project’s instigators France, Germany and Spain.

Sep 14, 2012

Airbus ministers seek EU CO2 plan delay: Hintze

BERLIN (Reuters) – Aerospace officials of the European countries where Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) makes its planes will push for a suspension of the European Union’s Emission Trading System (ETS) for airlines to avert retaliation from China, an official said on Tuesday.

The German government official in charge of aerospace policy, Peter Hintze, said after a meeting of the so-called Airbus ministers from Britain, France, Germany and Spain that they would propose to their national governments that payments under the ETS should be delayed beyond the planned April start.

Sep 14, 2012

Airbus ministers seek EU emission scheme delay-Hintze

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Aerospace officials of the
European countries where Airbus makes its planes will
push for a delay to the start of the European Union’s Emission
Trading System (ETS) for airlines to avert retaliation from
China, an official said on Tuesday.

The German government official in charge of aerospace
policy, Peter Hintze, said after a meeting of the so-called
Airbus ministers from Britain, France, Germany and Spain that
they would propose to their national governments that payments
under the ETS should be delayed beyond the planned April start.

Sep 13, 2012

Airbus ministers seek suspension of EU emissions plan -Hintze

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Aerospace officials of the
European countries where Airbus makes its planes will
push for a suspension of the European Union’s Emission Trading
System (ETS) for airlines to avert retaliation from China, an
official said on Tuesday.

The German government official in charge of aerospace
policy, Peter Hintze, said after a meeting of the so-called
Airbus ministers from Britain, France, Germany and Spain that
they would propose to their national governments that payments
under the ETS should be delayed beyond the planned April start.

Sep 13, 2012

Airbus ministers seek delay to EU emission trade scheme -Hintze

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Aerospace officials of the
European countries where Airbus makes its planes will
push for a delay to the start of the European Union’s Emission
Trading System (ETS) to avert retaliation from China, an
official said on Tuesday.

The German government official in charge of aerospace
policy, Peter Hintze, said after a meeting of the so-called
Airbus ministers from Britain, France, Germany and Spain that
they would propose to their national governments that payments
under the ETS should be delayed beyond the planned April start.

Sep 13, 2012

BAE talks show defence sector’s civil appetite

BERLIN, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Merger talks between Airbus
owner EADS and Britain’s BAE Systems highlight
the scramble for defence companies to offset shrinking revenues
from military budget cuts with more commercial civilian
activities.

In what could produce the biggest shake-up in Europe’s
aerospace and defence sector in more than a decade, the two
companies said on Wednesday they were in advanced talks, just as
global aerospace companies discussed ways to compensate for
elusive defence contracts at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

Sep 11, 2012

Airbus ministers seek suspension of EU emissions plan

BERLIN (Reuters) – Aerospace officials of the European countries where Airbus makes its planes will push for a suspension of the European Union’s Emission Trading System (ETS) for airlines to avert retaliation from China, officials said on Tuesday.

“Airbus has left us with no doubt that the threat of retaliatory action is a clear and present danger to its order list,” Michael Fallon, new business minister in Britain, said at the ILA Berlin Air Show on Tuesday.

Sep 11, 2012

Airbus ministers seek delay to EU emission trade scheme

BERLIN (Reuters) – Aerospace officials of the European countries where Airbus makes its planes will push for a delay to the start of the European Union’s Emission Trading System to avert retaliation from China, officials said on Tuesday.

“Airbus has left us with no doubt that the threat of retaliatory action is a clear and present danger to its order list,” Michael Fallon, new business minister in Britain, said at the ILA Berlin Air Show on Tuesday.

Sep 10, 2012

Airshow: Airbus CEO warns A380 sales target tough to reach

BERLIN (Reuters) – Airbus’s (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) chief executive said a sales target for the European planemaker’s A380 superjumbo will be tough to reach after wing cracks put off prospective customers.

“We have a target of 30 aircraft but we probably will have some difficulty reaching it,” Fabrice Bregier told journalists late on Monday, a day before the ILA Berlin Air Show opens.