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China raps EU carbon law as it takes 1st superjumbo

17 October 2011

China’s largest airline by fleet size kept up pressure on the European Union over carbon trading rules as it took delivery of the country’s first European A380 superjumbo on Friday.

China Southern, which has ordered five of the world’s largest airliners built by Europe’s Airbus, said it would fly the first two aircraft on busy domestic routes before putting the planes on foreign routes next year.

It has not yet decided whether to operate the aircraft to Europe or the United States.

China and the European Union have clashed over the trade bloc’s plans to force airlines to adopt a carbon trading scheme from Jan. 1 next year, a move which airlines say would effectively tax the airlines that fly the longest routes.

Source: Reuters.com

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