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Airbus apologises after Chinese visitors allegedly stopped from viewing plane at SG Airshow

Airbus apologises after Chinese visitors allegedly stopped from viewing plane at SG Airshow

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Airbus has issued an apology on Chinese social media platform Weibo after some visitors said that they were stopped from viewing a German military plane during the Singapore Airshow over the past weekend.

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In posts made on Weibo, Chinese visitors said that they were not allowed to board an Airbus A400M transport aircraft belonging to the German air force. The visitors claimed that staff of the event were privately checking the nationalities of Chinese visitors while other races were not checked. 

Staff reportedly told visitors from China to get off the plane and allegedly pushed them, causing one of the visitors to sprain their foot and nearly fall off the plane. 

The post also addressed the fact that Singapore is an inclusive country, and that Germany has also practiced racial equality since after the war and that they should not be discriminating against Chinese citizens in this way. 

Another poster on Weibo shared an image of a green alien mascot on the plane saying that even aliens could board the A400 transport plane but that Chinese visitors could not. 

In response, Airbus issued an apology on Weibo saying that it noticed that the audience had questions about the visit of an A400M military transport aircraft.

Airbus said that as soon as the matter was brought to their attention, it worked with the relevant parties quickly and ensured that the aircraft was open to all. 

It apologised for the inconvenience and said that it "deeply regrets" the incident.

Airbus went on to say that it is committed to becoming a trusted long-term partner of China's aviation industry, adding that it has always invested in China and that it respects the country. 

Chinese visitors were reportedly able to visit the A400M plane from Sunday, according to the Global Times.

MARKETING-INTERACTIVE has reached out to Airbus to find out more. 

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