French and British Ministers discussed in Paris today(Tuesday) the Concorde supersonic aircraft project and the possibility of Britain rejoining the European airbus A300B scheme.
CU Sign Avenue du President Kennedy.
GV Ministry of transport.
CU Mondon, FRENCH SOF begins and continues under shots 5 & 6
GV Crowd. Concorde flying overhead
Air to air view Concorde in flight (3 shots)
CU Mr Mondon,
Aerial view proposed 3-II British airbus
SV INT passengers (2 shots)
CU Mondon continues
CU Davies Speaks in FRENCH.
We have studied the financial, technical and commercial aspects of the Concorde. We are all very happy at the successful flights in both France and the United Kingdom and hope that Concorde will be able to fly at Mach 2(twice the speed of sound) before the end of the year.
He said that the two delegations had also talked about the Airbus. On behalf of the Dutch, German and French governments, M. Mondon said he had officially asked Britain to resume her co-operation in the construction of the Airbus. A 300B.
Mr Davies, speaking for the British delegation, said he would be interested to see the results of next week's meeting, when the conditions of Britain's co-operation would be spelled out. It is an urgent situation for Britain as vital decisions must be taken, he added.
Initials SAW/TB/SGM/0307 SAW/TB/CO/3.06
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: French and British Ministers discussed in Paris today(Tuesday) the Concorde supersonic aircraft project and the possibility of Britain rejoining the European airbus A300B scheme.
Mr John Davies, the British Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said afterwards that he would be interested to see the co-operation conditions detailed at next week's meeting. M. Raymond Mondon, the French Transport Minister, said there was no question of stopping the Anglo-French Concorde programme. Commenting on the Concorde he said:
M. Mondon also outlined the European airbus proposal, a project that could be competitor to the proposed British BAC 3-11 project.
Mr Davies, then outlined the British reaction to the new proposal:
Britain had pulled out of the European airbus scheme in December 1968 but the French, Dutch and West German Governments are determined to go ahead with the project.