"Significant government ownership" sounds as if it were 90% - it's much lower than that, although not quite as low as I'd like it to be: 30.1% are owned by Lagardère and SOGEPA, the latter being a French State Holding company, further 5.5% are owned by SEPI, the Spanish State Holding company, but that's it: further 30.1% are owned by DaimlerChrysler and the remaining 34.3% are freely floated.
By the way: no-one in Europe would complain about the US government giving Boeing the same help as Airbus has received at the beginning: Boeing would just have to shed just about all of it's knowledge, all of it's military and space business and all of their experience in building commercial airplanes - then the score would indeed be even...
And, just to remind you: as Mr. Herterich said in another part of the same press conference, Airbus has no interest in having a market share of more than 60%, because it would simply be more than they could handle - stating that it would (more or less free quote) "not be a stable situation".
According to him - OK
, we'd have to see how this would look if the situation should ever arise - Airbus would raise prices until the market share would go back below 60%.