In total, the EU claimed that Boeing had received $8.7 billion in subsidies. This claim was rejected by the WTO, which found future incentives totaling no more than $50 million a year to be impermissible. The WTO found that to date Boeing has received no benefit from the 777X rate incentive, and will not until 2020, because the first airplane will not be delivered until then.
"Today's decision is a complete victory for the United States, Washington State and Boeing," said J. Michael Luttig, Boeing's general counsel. "The WTO found in September that Airbus has received $22 billion in illegal subsidies from the EU and that without these subsidies neither Airbus itself nor any of its airplanes would even exist today. By contrast, in rejecting virtually every claim made by the EU in this case, the WTO found today that Boeing has not received a penny of impermissible subsidies."
"The WTO has repeatedly found that Airbus is entirely a creature of government, and they must now bring themselves into compliance with the international laws or risk massive sanctions," said Luttig.
In light of today's decision and the massive liability that the WTO has found against the EU and Airbus, we expect the EU and Airbus to appeal today's decision. "After any appeal," Luttig said, "we fully expect Boeing to preserve every aspect of the Washington state incentives, including the 777X revenue tax rate."
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