Recent developments with Airbus

Recent developments with Airbus

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The aircraft manufacturer Airbus was established in 1970 by the French, German and UK governments (with the Spanish government joining a year later) in order to develop a coordinated and collaborative European response to the dominance of the global civil aviation market by American companies. Since October 2006, following the decision by BAE Systems to sell its stake in the company, Airbus has been wholly owned by EADS (a joint venture between its French, German and Spanish parent companies).Recent Developments with Airbus (HC 427-I) examines recent challenges faced by Airbus, including reduced competitiveness as a result of the weak US dollar, delays and cost overruns in its flagship A380 aircraft, its restructuring programme, and the financing of the A350 XWB project. It also looks at the future role for the UK Government and the Regional Development Agencies, the implementation of the UK's National Aerospace Technology Strategy, and the impact of the current World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute between the US and the European Union (EU) over government subsidies.Given the fact that the sale of BAE's stake in the company has left the UK without a significant shareholding in2.3 Knowledge-intensive industry The consequent technical challenges of delivering highly innovative economic wing ... of high-value wing components and major assemblies, including the A330/A340 outer wing box and the A380 fixed trailing edge. ... Additionally, many of the aquot;manualaquot; or aquot;otheraquot; categories ( which includes technicians and draughtsmen) frequently have some form of specialized, non-university training, either within the Aerospace industry or from external bodies.

Title:Recent developments with Airbus
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Trade and Industry Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2007-07-25


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