Airbus chief executive worried about US trade-war escalation

Says retaliatory measures could impact air traffic

FILE PHOTO:    Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders waits to visit final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said on Wednesday that he is worried an escalation in a US trade dispute with other countries could trigger retaliation that could impact air traffic.

“Of course we’re worried if this escalates,” Mr Enders told reporters following a visit with employees at a Bombardier plane factory near Montreal. “If there are retaliatory measures... this could impact air traffic. We very much hope this is not going to be the case.”

Airbus has taken a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner programme after completing a tie-up with the Canadian train-and-plane-maker on July 1.


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