Air Transport World

BAe makes its case for A320 participation.

London--In their campaign to convince the British government that British Aerospace should be granted [pounds sterling] 437 million ($620 million) launch aid as the entry ticket to the Airbus Industrie A320 150-seat airliner project, BAe chairman sir Austin Pearce, and CEO Sir Raymond Lygo, visited Margaret Thatcher at the Prime Minister's official residence here to give her a lengthy and detailed presentation complete with slides, charts, and maps.

ATW has now seen a re-run of that presentation, in which the BAe senior officers warned strongly of the prospect of Boeing becoming the monopoly supplier of civil aircraft to the entire free world if the European consortium was unable to develop a family of aircraft. "If Airbus does move in this direction, Boeing will become the price-setter. They will take every opportunity to discredit Airbus and undercut its prices in an attempt to prevent the successful exploitation of the foothold it has already gained--all perfectly legitimate, but staying in the Airbus partnership is not going to be a cozy business. …

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