Airbus disappointed on delay to Boeing WTO subsidies ruling
Airbus is hoping for the WTO report to show that the 787 “would not exist without Government subsidies”.
"We are surprised and disappointed by the last minute announcement of yet another delay by the Boeing subsidies panel”, said Airbus CEO Thomas Enders. “We are, however, not surprised by the apparent difficulties the WTO is faced with. We have said time and again that the complexity, interconnectedness and industrial significance of the Boeing and Airbus cases would strain the capabilities of the WTO.”
Airbus said that since these cases were filed, the world has changed. In aviation, the previous duopoly marketplace is increasingly being populated by government-sponsored players, leaving Boeing and Airbus as those that, by any objective measure, benefit least from government support.
“The ongoing struggle of the WTO to address the world as it was in 2004 (the date the cases were filed) raises the question whether it can succeed in its basic mission to create a climate for a negotiated settlement on the basis of fair market rules in the interest of both the industry and the employees on both sides of the Atlantic,” Enders noted.
The importance of this report is greater than a simple vindication of the obvious fact that Boeing aircraft such as the B787 would not exist without government subsidies, Airbus said.