Germany wants a bigger say in future Airbus projects, Germany’s economy minister said on January, months after Berlin acquired a direct stake in Airbus’s parent company for the first time. “It is the goal of the government that the German aviation industry can take on a leading role in future Airbus programs,” Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said.
Germany does not want important Airbus projects to be centred solely in Toulouse, the southwestern French city where Airbus is based. “The successor program to today’s A320 family in particular is important for German locations. Even though this program will only enter the market in the next decade, the conditions for it must already be set today, both at Airbus and the supplier industry,” the Free Democratic minister said in a statement.
French Prime Minister Mr. Ayrault (L) and Mr. Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus (R) in a recent visit to Hamburg FAL.