In the week that Airbus lost out to US rival Boeing in terms of total orders for planes during last year, the company showed off its biggest asset – and liability – the superjumbo A380 to a group of transport ministers who in turn demonstrated their support for the project.
The politicians from Britain, France and Spain, together with their counterpart from Malaysia were taken over the Pyrenees on a demonstration flight.
The Malaysian transport minister, Chan Kong Choy, said his country would not be cancelling its order for the A380 and that negotiations over compensation for delays were in their final stages.
Airbus boss Louis Gallois travelled with the politicians and, talking to reporters, he backed away from earlier comments when he was reported to have said Airbus might sell off units to raise cash for possible acquisitions.
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