Given the disastrous recent history of the European Airbus project, you would think the company needs all the help it can get from the EU commission. But it is not getting much support from the fragrant Margot Wallström, vice president in charge of EU propaganda.
She tells us:
The Commission adopted yesterday a very important decision: to include the aviation sector in the European Emissions Trading system. This means that the EU will continue to lead on climate change issues – while at the same time acting in a multi-lateral context like the ICAO.Rather helpfully, the Fragrant One has included a link to the Wikipedia entry on the Dreamliner. Boeing could not have wished for a better testimonial.
I am sure that this will not only boost the credibility of our policy on climate change, but will also help European airlines to develop a competitive advantage through investing in modern technology/methods like with the example of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will use 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes.
The plane is specifically designed for the environment with lower emissions and quieter takeoffs and landings. To date, 29 airlines have logged 393 orders worth more than $55 billion making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history.
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