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BAE’s Long Journey To An Airbus Exit Strategy  
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

The UK was involved in the Airbus programme at a national level from day one as a leading proponent in the efforts to set up a pan-European collaborative civil airliner venture. So why did the UK end up as a minority stakeholder in today’s Airbus as the country’s national aerospace company prepares to extinguish the last embers of a nation’s once proud involvement in the civil aircraft business?


Quite informative article, at least for me it was, from Mr. Kingsley-Jones of FI.

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User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10919 posts, RR: 97
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
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Quoting Leelaw (Thread starter):
Quite informative article, at least for me it was, from Mr. Kingsley-Jones of FI.

Was for me too, LeeLaw. Thanks for starting the thread


User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Quoting Astuteman (Reply 1):
Was for me too

The reporter did a nice job of providing some historical context to the current controversy.

"Flight" also has a good article this week reviewing the status of BAE's disposal plan/strategy regarding Airbus:


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2619 times:

Thanks for posting this Leelaw. While there will still be an Airbus operation in the UK after the sale of the BAE stake, I think it is quite sad that this effectively spells the end of British involvement in airliner production.

I guess it was inevitable - aircraft manufacturing was always going to be a cottage industry in the UK compared to what was possible in the USA, or in a wider pan-European effort. But years of political interference did nothing to help the situation - promising projects such as the VC-10 and the Trident were crippled by being tied to the specifications of airlines who didn't even really want the aircraft. Projects like the BAe 146/Avro RJ and the Jetstream 61 were left to whither and die.

After the great hope that was offered by the Comet, 60 years later there is nothing. Geoffrey de Havilland and his contemporaries would be spinning in their graves.

I do wonder whether things would have been different had the UK not withdrawn from the A300 project in 1969...


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