China ‘won’t buy Airbus planes’ over EU emissions law

China’s government allegedly won’t let its airlines buy planes from a European manufacturer “in retaliation” for EU emissions law. The chief executive of EADS, the parent company of Airbus made […]

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By Vicky Ellis

China’s government allegedly won’t let its airlines buy planes from a European manufacturer “in retaliation” for EU emissions law.

The chief executive of EADS, the parent company of Airbus made the claim at a news conference when he presented the company’s annual results.

Louis Gallois said:”The Chinese government refuses to approve airlines’ orders for long-haul aeroplanes,” it was reported.

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme puts a price on the carbon large firms emit. This year it was extended to include airlines whose planes pass through European airports. It has so far provoked anger from US and Canadian airlines.