AIRBUS MANAGING director Jean Pierson has cast doubt on the ease with which the military Future Large Aircraft (FLA) programme can be integrated into Airbus Industrie.

The partner nations in the European military-transport aircraft want to place the programme on a "commercial basis" within Airbus to control costs, but Pierson says that agreement on how to do this has yet to be reached. "The situation is not clear at all. We don't have a consensus."

The implication is that the two main FLA partners, France and Germany, have differing agendas for the inclusion of FLA within Airbus. Italy, which is not an Airbus partner, is also a major participant in the transport programme.

Source: Flight International