October 20, 2020

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Airbus CEO calls for more appreciation for aviation

Airbus CEO calls for more appreciation for aviation

Read the most important passages from his appeal below:

“The important role of aviation in society is threatened as borders remain closed and influential voices in Europe demand permanent flight restrictions.”

“Aviation connects and unites people, cultures and companies. Aviation is the lifeblood of international trade and supports development, education and the global economy. Aviation not only widens our intellectual horizons, but also relieves tension by bringing us together to learn and understand from one another and to find answers to our common problems. Aviation guarantees peace and stability in the world. “

“All of this is at stake during this pandemic. All of this explains why the safe and rapid resurgence of air travel can help heal the wounds of this crisis. “

However, the value of aviation to society is currently controversial as public concern for the environment increases. So it is now a priority to address this problem. “

“Every sector has to do its part and we are committed to it. Although aviation emissions only account for 2 to 3 percent of all man-made CO2 emissions, we want to be at the forefront of this comprehensive transformation. At Airbus, our goal is to be at the forefront of decarbonizing our industry and building the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. We feel committed to this ambition, as our new goal shows emission-free aircraft concepts. ”

“That is why the debate in Europe and in the rest of the world urgently needs to be revised. The aviation industry is in a phase of innovation that surpasses anything we have seen so far. “

“Aviation leaves little physical impression on the ecosystem – landscapes, flora, fauna and natural rivers remain untouched while airplanes fly over them. And what about other transport sectors? The expectations of what the railways can achieve exceed current reality. Europe’s high-speed network remains fragmented. “

“In contrast, aviation offers passengers an unprecedented number of connections – 8,600 direct connections between cities in Europe alone – and a greater range: the average distance of each flight in Europe is over 1,700 kilometers, more than five times the length of most train journeys. ”

“These are difficult, hectic times for all of us. My message to policy makers is clear: aviation is an irreplaceable force for a better world. It has to stay that way after the pandemic in the world. “

Guillaume Faury

Airbus Chief Executive Officer