• Short Summary

    The European airbus
    project took a big step forward yesterday (Friday), with the formation of a new
    Franco-German company, Airbus Industries, to build and market the massive
    shorthaul airliner, the A300B.

  • Description

    The European airbus
    project took a big step forward yesterday (Friday), with the formation of a new
    Franco-German company, Airbus Industries, to build and market the massive
    shorthaul airliner, the A300B.

    The agreement to build the airbus was signed on the 29 May 1969 by the West
    German Economics Ministers and the French Minister of Transport. Yesterday's
    signing brought together the main participants in the commercial undertaking,
    Aerospaciale of France, represented by its president, M. Henri Ziegler, and
    Deutsche Airbus, represented by its president, Dr. Franz-Josef Strauss.

    At the Press conference which followed the signing, M. Ziegler said the Dutch
    Government and the British privately-owned Hawker Siddeley Aviation Company,
    would be associated with the new company soon.

    The British Government was invited to participate in the project but withdrew
    earlier this month.

    The A300B, designed to carry 260 to 300 passengers, is expected to go into
    commercial service in late 1973 or early 1974. M. Ziegler said the aircraft
    would cost about 12 million dollars (five million sterling), or about half as
    much as the U.S. Boeing-747 "Jumbo" jet. He said a market survey indicated that
    at least 500 airbuses would be sold: "We might be able to sell as many as 1,000
    in the next decade", he added.

    M. Ziegler noted that Air France had already placed an order for six airbuses,
    and the West German airline Lufthansa was expected to follow suit shortly. He
    said TAP of Portugal, Alitalia of Italy and Sabena of Belgium were also expected
    to place orders within the next 12 months.

    M. Ziegler went on to describe how the airbus will be assembled from components
    made in four countries, the fuselage by Aerospaciale and Deutsche Airbus, the
    wings by Hawker Siddeley and the wing leading and trailing edges by the Dutch
    company Fokker. The engines will be made in a fifth country, by General Electric
    of the United States, but Rolls Royce of Britain, who are developing engines for
    Lockheed's rival American Airbus, may be asked to power more advanced versions
    of the A300B.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9I6KKV220L7INU7H4YGAAHAXU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9I6KKV220L7INU7H4YGAAHAXU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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