Wed, Apr 23, 2008
It's An Earth Day Miracle!
Boeing and Airbus said Tuesday they will join forces to support
the development of next generation air traffic control, to improve
fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions and congestion.
The Associated Press reports Scott Carson, Boeing Commercial
Aircraft president and CEO, stressed a need to be sure systems
being developed in Europe and the United States are fully
The news comes after last week's announcement by Airbus it had successfully tested an ADS-B-based
air traffic technology, which could allow airliners on
oceanic routes more flexibility to climb when necessary to optimize
Carson was also quick to clarify for reporters in Geneva that
this cooperation will not come at the expense of competition
between the manufacturers. "You can rest assured that we will
continue to compete aggressively," the Boeing chief said.
Not to be outdone, Airbus CEO Tom Enders added "We need to
cooperate where possible for the good of the environment."
The development also does not spell the end of the fight over
alleged subsidies of both manufacturers by their host governments
underway before the World Trade Organization. Enders told reporters
that Airbus will not seek a permanent settlement with Boeing until
after the WTO delivers its final ruling later this year.
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