China's stance against Europe's emissions-trading scheme threatens to put deliveries of Airbus A330s and A380s in jeopardy.
EADS chief Louis Gallois, speaking during the company's annual results presentation in Paris today, said that the European scheme was creating a "climate of opposition" with the rest of the world.
"You could say we're advocating a policy for a worldwide solution," he says.
He noted that the Chinese government, in particular, was prepared to reject approval for long-haul aircraft orders as a result of the European policy.
Gallois says that these include deliveries of 35 A330s and 10 A380s. Six aircraft were at stake in 2013 and another 19 in 2014 - some 20% of long-haul production for that year, Gallois adds.
He pointed out during the EADS event that Airbus was firmly committed to cutting fuel-burn, and strongly prioritised research into energy and noise reduction.