Boeing Statement on Launch Aid

7th Oct 2005

Boeing reiterates its strong
support for the U.S. government’s efforts to end launch aid, whether through a
negotiated settlement or continued litigation at the World Trade Organization.
Today’s actions are nothing less than the Airbus partner governments
committing launch aid to yet another subsidized airplane, even though senior
Airbus executives have repeatedly said their company has the funds to develop
the A350 without launch aid.
  Launch aid is a prohibited, market-distorting subsidy that is unique to
Airbus.  Launch aid is above and beyond the other forms of government support
Airbus already receives—tax relief, government-sponsored R&D, and
government-paid infrastructure projects. A permanent and complete end to
launch aid is necessary to ensure free and fair competition in the large
commercial airplane market.



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