Raffarin to push Airbus on China visit

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 19 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Tuesday he would promote Airbus aircraft during his trip this week to China, without providing details of any orders likely to be signed or confirmed.

PARIS, April 19 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Tuesday he would promote Airbus aircraft during his trip this week to China, without providing details of any orders likely to be signed or confirmed.

"I leave for China tomorrow. I'm going to sell Airbus with the backing of the Germans. We are working together for Europe," Raffarin told private French radio RTL.

Raffarin's visit to China, from Thursday to Saturday, is aimed at boosting bilateral business and cultural ties. Among the business executives accompanying him will be Airbus vice president Philippe Delmas.

China is expected to become the second-biggest aviation market, after the United States, over the next 20 years, with an estimated 2,800 aircraft.

Air China said in February it was negotiating the lease of two A380 superjumbo airliners to serve the Beijing Olympics.

In January, China Southern Airlines confirmed an order for five Airbus A380s, making it the first Chinese carrier to purchase the A380 aircraft. Airbus is owned 80 percent by European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and 20 percent by British group BAE Systems.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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