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AIRBUS INDUSTRIE CHIEF CRITICIZES BOEING 'DENIGRATION' CAMPAIGN AND WARNS OF UNFAVORABLE IMPACT ON TRADE TALKS

 WASHINGTON, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Airbus Industrie issued the following:
 As representatives of the European Commission and the U.S. government meet in Brussels this week to review the workings of the agreement concluded last year on government support to the civil aircraft industry, Airbus Industrie Chief Executive Officer Jean Pierson today called upon Boeing to refrain from making denigratory statements on the European consortium. Pierson claims that Boeing is attempting to influence the outcome of the talks by a campaign of innuendo, defamatory remarks and contradictory statements.
 Pierson referred to testimony of Lawrence Clarkson, Boeing's corporate vice president for planning and international development given to the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation at a hearing in Washington on Feb. 24 where Clarkson said that "even with the downturn in aircraft orders and deliveries, Airbus is not reducing its production rates." Yet, as Pierson pointed out, it was well known in the industry that, in anticipation of the current market down-turn, Airbus Industrie had in fact scaled down production across its entire range of aircraft in several steps, the first one having been made as early as October 1990, while during the same period, Boeing was announcing increases in production of its 737, 757 and 747 models.
 In the same hearing, Clarkson also referred to what he termed unfair trade practices by the European consortium. Less than a week later, in what Pierson described as "an amazing exercise in double- speak," the same Clarkson stated in an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on March 3 that "Boeing has no knowledge of unfair practices by Airbus."
 More recently, Boeing has criticized Airbus Industrie for offering walk-away leases, whereas in fact Boeing itself had also used this mechanism, the practice having been initiated, not by the consortium, but by McDonnell Douglas a decade ago.
 Pierson said that "this sort of deception does nothing to improve the current climate of trade tension."
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 /CONTACT: David Venz of Airbus Industrie, 703-834-3456/
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