Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    13 / 0   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Flight tax plea as aviation bosses fear rough landing (2)

By Wang Wen in Beijing and Cecily Liu in London (China Daily)

08:50, March 13, 2012

The main competitor to Airbus, which has important interests in the Chinese market, is the US group Boeing.

Luo Zhuping, board secretary of China Eastern Airlines, said the company's commercial needs will determine whether it will continue to purchase Airbus jets.

"That depends. The decisions are business-oriented," Luo said in an interview with China National Radio on Monday.

When asked whether the corporation will freeze or cancel its current orders for Airbus jets, Luo was non-committal.

"We did not say that we will break the contract, nor did we say we will not carry out the orders," he said.

The EU has imposed a carbon tax on airlines with effect from Jan 1, but no carrier will face a bill until 2013 after this year's carbon emissions have been calculated.

The EU has said the tax will help the 27-nation bloc achieve its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and that it will not back down on the plan.

The Chinese aviation authority released a notice in February to stop all Chinese carriers paying the tax, except with the government's permission.

A total of 29 countries, including China, the US and Russia, signed an agreement on Feb 24 objecting to the tax.

The nine company chiefs expect the "list of suspensions, cancellations and punitive actions to grow as other important markets continue to oppose the ETS".

They called for urgent talks at EU Council level, the Airbus statement said.

The government and business insiders noted the contents of the letter.

【1】 【2】 【3】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:张茜)

Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. 8 babies rescued in human trafficking crackdown

  2. Flowers bloom in Shandong

  3. 17 Afghan civilians shot dead by a U.S. soldier

  4. 3rd COMIC & GAME UNION expo in Beijing

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Truth about Tibet is slowly coming to light
  2. Expert: Glitter of foreign diploma to fade away
  3. NPC reform reflects vote of confidence
  4. Facing problems forges confidence for development
  5. Defense budget guards peaceful intentions
  6. Will China's economy keep growing or slow down?
  7. Chinese products bring benefits to U.S. consumers
  8. Is international 'hot money' flowing into China?
  9. China's economy to roar ahead amid global woes
  10. U.S. solution to Syria issue doomed to failure

What's happening in China

Hey job candidate, what's your sign?

  1. China to halve adult illiteracy by 2015
  2. Survey: 40 pct women change jobs for babies
  3. Taxi driver critical after rear-ended by Porsche
  4. Wenzhou mulls first hanging rail transit
  5. Rural Chinese pollution to be monitored soon

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai