Airbus plunges into the red after paying £3bn to settle bribery claims

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Airbus plunges into the red after being forced to pay £3bn to settle bribery claims in three countries

Airbus plunged into the red last year following a thumping bribery settlement in three countries.

The commercial aircraft maker racked up losses of £1.1billion in 2019 after it set aside £3billion to cover a criminal settlement with authorities in the US, France and Britain over past corrupt practices.

The penalty followed a lengthy investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and other agencies overseas into Airbus’s use of middlemen to secure plane orders.

Noesdive: Airbus racked up losses of £1.1bn in 2019 after it set aside £3bn to cover a criminal settlement with authorities in the US, France and Britain over past corrupt practices

Noesdive: Airbus racked up losses of £1.1bn in 2019 after it set aside £3bn to cover a criminal settlement with authorities in the US, France and Britain over past corrupt practices

Despite the legal issues, Airbus reported an 11 per cent rise in revenues to £59.1billion as the company ramped up production of its A320 twinjet.

France-based Airbus – which makes wings for its planes in Broughton, Flintshire – delivered a record 863 commercial aircraft last year, up from…



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