WTO confirmed: no prohibited subsidies at Airbus, minor elements of actionable subsidies to be addressed

·        “Repayable launch investment” confirmed as legal financing mechanism for aircraft development.

·        WTO confirms compliance fully achieved on A320 and A330, remaining tweaks on A380 and A350 only minor.

·        94 percent of all US / Boeing’s original claims now dismissed by WTO

·        Any potential US sanctions, now likely to be minor compared to what we expect on the European case against Boeing, would be counter-productive, ill-timed and ultimately harmful to the airlines and passengers

·        Report is only “half the story.”  Much more interesting part – on Boeing’s more egregious and competition-damaging subsidies – to come later this year.

·        Only real solution to 15-year-long dispute remains a negotiated deal

The WTO Appellate Body has published today the first of two rulings expected this year on subsidies in the large commercial aircraft dispute between the US and the EU. The first ruling is the Appellate Body’s final report on the EU’s compliance with previous World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) findings in the case against Airbus (DS316). The second ruling – dealing with Boeing’s case – is expected later this year.

In its report, the Appellate Body confirms the legality of the loan partnership approach between Airbus and European governments. The WTO Panel agrees further with earlier findings that the European repayable launch investment (RLI) loans for civil aerospace development projects do not constitute a prohibited subsidy and only few modifications are needed to achieve full compliance. The WTO has now dismissed in their entirety 94 percent of Boeing’s original claims.

The WTO confirmed that all aspects of the A320 and A330 programs are now in full compliance, and that only minor action remains on the A380.

On A350, minor elements of the RLI remain to be addressed. Airbus is currently implementing changes to respond to these findings. This means that any potential US sanctions, now likely to be minor compared to what we expect on the case against Boeing’s subsidies, could result to be counter-productive and ill-timed.

While Airbus is preparing to make adjustments to fully implement the WTO recommendations, Boeing continues to make its own subsidy matters worse with abusive Washington State tax breaks, bad for taxpayers and global trade harmony alike.

The Washington state corporate welfare scheme has provided record breaking state-level subsidies to Boeing for the launch of the 787 aircraft (USD 5 billion). A further State incentive package for the 777X valued at an additional USD 8.7 billion in 2013 made this the largest state-level subsidy package in the history of the United States. Boeing reportedly is also actively seeking further illegal tax breaks for the planned construction of the mid-sized B797 aircraft.


The second Appellate Body report later this year is expected to include the following:

·         $5-6 Billion in inconsistent subsidies between 1989 and 2006 – confirmed by the WTO Appellate Body report

·         Washington State Tax breaks for 2006-2024 – $ 3 Billion

·         Extension of these tax breaks for the 777X for a further $ 8.7 billion

·         Wichita Kansas tax abatements

·         Continued Foreign Sales corporation export subsidies (despite WTO rulings that these are prohibited subsidies

·         Continued NASA funded federal research programmes (confirmed by the AB as illegal subsidies)

·         Continued DOD subsidies (again confirmed illegal by the WTO AB)


Altogether, well in excess of USD 20 billion of non-repaid, illegal subsidies causing over 100 Bn in damage to global trade.

Such non-withdrawn subsidies continue to cause massive adverse effects in the form of lost sales for Airbus. The 787 Washington State tax breaks alone have been confirmed by the WTO to have caused Airbus to lose at least USD 16 billion in sales. The total amount of adverse effects, or lost sales to Airbus since the beginning of these disputes is estimated to be over USD 100 billion.  Within the WTO’s Panel Report, published in 2017, the organization found issue with various Boeing practices, the most damaging of which continue.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders comments: “Today’s significant legal success for the European aviation industry confirms our strategy which we have followed over all those years of the dispute. Of course, today’s report is really only half the story – the other half coming out later this year will rule strongly on Boeing’s subsidies and we’ll see then where the balance lies.”

Enders continues, “The result is simple: Airbus pays back its loans, Boeing pays back nothing and continues to exploit the generosity of the U.S. taxpayer. Despite Boeing’s rhetoric, it is clear that their position today is straightforward healthy: they have half the market and a full order book, they have clearly not been damaged by Airbus repayable loans.”

Airbus General Counsel John Harrison added: “Airbus recognizes the importance of the WTO and the Appellate Body’s findings and will do what is necessary to correct any errors and this report confirms the efforts we are making.  We likewise expect Boeing to take note when it comes to its compliance obligations. Boeing has in the past shown complete disregard by ignoring the recommendations and continuing with their illegal behavior.

And he further explained: “Boeing is now at more than 90 percent failed claims. This is proof of Boeing’s cynical PR motives in bringing this case about in the first place. It shatters Boeing’s claim it perpetuated for years that their WTO case undermines European industrial-government partnership.”

Airbus thanks the European Commission and the governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain for their continuous support throughout the dispute process.  “Airbus is grateful for the time and effort that has been invested in defending the interests of the aviation industry,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders stated.

Airbus calls for all parties to accept the global nature of trade and to put an end to the long-running, disruptive dispute. An amicable negotiation with no preconditions is the only viable solution, either between the EU and the U.S. or ideally a global agreement.

Commenting more broadly, Mr. Enders concludes: “The current geopolitical climate for trade is worrying, and industry players should not fuel it with unproductive disputes that undermine fair competition world-wide and impact the workers in this industry as well as our customers and operators. The consequences of such disputes extend beyond the aerospace industry and affect economic growth on a global scale.”


Source :  Airbus WEBSITE


Boeing Statement on WTO Ruling

WTO determines EU has refused to honor rulings on massive European subsidies to Airbus
U.S. authorized to seek billions in retaliatory tariffs on imports from Europe

CHICAGOMay 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The World Trade Organization (WTO) today in its final decision found that the European Union (EU) has failed to honor multiple previous rulings and has provided more than $22 billion of illegal subsidies to European aircraft maker Airbus. After examining this case for more than a decade, the WTO has determined the EU must end its unfair business practices and remedy the ongoing harm caused by the illegal subsidies.

This landmark ruling by the WTO Appellate Body is the final decision in this case, which was initiated in 2006. Today’s decision ends the dispute and clears the way for the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to seek remedies in the form of tariffs against European imports to the United States.

The authorized tariffs are likely to total billions in duties per year, unless and until Airbus addresses the illegal subsidies it received from European governments for its most recently launched airplanes. It is anticipated that U.S. tariffs will be authorized up to the amount of annual harm this market-distorting tactic is causing. Tariffs could be scheduled as early as 2019. This is expected to be the largest-ever WTO authorization of retaliatory tariffs.

“Today’s final ruling sends a clear message: disregard for the rules and illegal subsidies is not tolerated. The commercial success of products and services should be driven by their merits and not by market-distorting actions,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “Now that the WTO has issued its final ruling, it is incumbent upon all parties to fully comply as such actions will ultimately produce the best outcomes for our customers and the mutual health of our industry. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the U.S. Trade Representative over the 14 years of this investigation to strengthen the global aerospace industry by ending illegal subsidies.”

The U.S. government, with Boeing’s full support, has complied with WTO rulings stemming from the two cases the EU brought against the United States. One case has already ended in favor of the United States, and in the other, the vast majority of the allegations the EU made against the United States and Boeing were dismissed. Where there were narrow rulings against U.S. practices, they have been fully addressed to the WTO’s satisfaction.

Just one finding against the United States now remains before the WTO, which concerns a Washington state tax measure. It is under appeal and should be decided later this year or in early 2019. Boeing believes that ruling will be reversed, but if not, Boeing has pledged to do whatever necessary to come into full compliance in the interest of upholding rules-based trade, which is essential to fairness and the future prosperity of the global aerospace industry.

Chaz Bickers
Boeing Communications



Launch operator A330neo completes maiden flight

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Airspace cabin checks commences with TAP Air Portugal aircraft


The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal – MSN1819 – completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight.

The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017.

MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight Test Instrumentation during its test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest etc.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, performing nearly 1,000,000 flights every year. Today, more than 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to almost 120 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.

Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investments in latest innovations, the new generation A330neo is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its size category. The A330neo first delivery is planned in summer 2018.

The A330neos will usher the brand-new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, a consumer-centric cabin developed with passengers at heart and airlines in mind around the four pillars: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design. These cabin options will ensure that the A330neos will set the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value, alongside its widebody partner, the A350 XWB.


Source : Airbus WEBSITE

Consolidados Grande SP 14/05/2018

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Globo alcança ótima média com a estreia de Segundo Sol. Capítulo com cena emblemática de Celebridade não altera média de público do Vale a Pena Ver de Novo.

SBT assegura a vice-liderança isolada com Carinha de Anjo e reprise Chiquititas.

Onde Nascem os Fortes atinge pior média na faixa das 22h30.

Power Couple Brasil mantém Record TV em terceiro.

Confira, abaixo, as audiências de segunda-feira, 14 de maio:

Hora Um – 5,6
Bom Dia São Paulo – 9,3
Bom Dia Brasil – 9,8
Mais Você – 7,9
Bem Estar – 7,4
Encontro – 7,4
SP1 – 13,1
Globo Esporte – 13,1
Jornal Hoje – 12,1
Rumo à Copa – 14,5
Sessão da Tarde – 11,9
Vale a Pena Ver de Novo: Celebridade – 15,4
Malhação: Vidas Brasileiras – 18,0
Orgulho e Paixão – 22,8
SP2 – 26,5
Deus Salve o Rei – 26,4
Jornal Nacional – 32,5
Segundo Sol – 35,2
Onde Nascem os Fortes – 21,6
Tela Quente: Deadpool – 16,1
Jornal da Globo – 8,3
Conversa com Bial – 5,9
Corujão: De Repente Pai – 4,3
Máquina Mortífera – 3,6

Primeiro Impacto – 3,9
Mundo Disney – 4,3
Bom Dia & Cia – 7,2
Fofocalizando – 6,0
Casos de Família – 6,4
Coração Indomável – 7,8
Amanhã é Para Sempre – 6,5
SBT Brasil – 8,4
Carinha de Anjo – 11,0
Chiquititas – 9,2
Programa do Ratinho – 9,2
Conexão Repórter: O Fiel Escudeiro – 6,2
The Noite – 3,6
SBT Notícias – 3,2

Balanço Geral Manhã – 1,7
São Paulo no Ar – 4,1
Fala Brasil – 5,8
Hoje em Dia – 5,4
Minuto do Casamento – 4,5
Balanço Geral SP – 8,5
Luz do Sol – 6,1
Bicho do Mato – 6,4
Cidade Alerta – 10,0
Os Dez Mandamentos – 10,2
Apocalipse – 9,2
Jornal da Record – 6,8
Power Couple Brasil – 6,3
Programa do Porchat – 3,6

Um ponto no Ibope equivale a 71,9 mil domicílios. Esses números servem como referência para o mercado publicitário.

Fonte: IBOPE / MW – Praça São Paulo


Egypt orders 20 more alleged metro protesters detained

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Egypt’s state security prosecutor ordered on Monday the detention of 20 people for 15 days pending an investigation into their roles in protests at Cairo metro stations last week after the government raised fares, state news MENA reported.

There were small but rare protests at metro stations across Cairo on Saturday after fares more than tripled for some commuters as the government tightens spending and implements measures to achieve IMF-backed economic reforms.

Cairo has since deployed heavy security around stations to prevent further unrest.

 The metro system has accumulated losses of LE 618.6 million, according to MENA.
 On Sunday, a public prosecutor ordered 10 people accused of demonstrating to remain in custody for four days pending investigations into illegal protesting.

Monday’s state security order brought the number of people jailed so far as part of the metro protests to 30.

The state security prosecutor is also investigating the 20 individuals for working with an organization “established outside the provisions of the law,” according to MENA, a likely reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which some government officials have blamed for the demonstrations.

 Protests have become extremely rare in Egypt since a law passed in 2013 banned demonstrations not approved by the Interior Ministry, taking away a right earned in the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time autocrat President Hosni Mubarak.

A charge of illegally protesting can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.

The government said higher fares were needed to keep the metro running and to finance extensions being built to serve more of the capital city’s 25 million people. More than three million people use the metro every day.


Source :  Egypt Independent

4 dead, 1 injured in New Administrative Capital explosion

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Four were killed and one was injured on Monday following an explosion in the New Administrative Capital in New Cairo, al-Dostour newspaper reported. The Chief of the New Administrative Capital Ahmed Zaki Abdeen confirmed that four employees were killed and one was injured in the incident.

Abdeen added that the victims worked for private companies which will pay compensation for their families. The Public Prosecution of Cairo clarified that the reason for the explosion was a forgotten land mine left over from previous wars, which detonated during construction.

The deceased employees were named as Romani Shokri Fella, Samir Bekhet Essa, Raymond Mamdouh, Millad Ibrahim while Nabil Mohammed Shoukry survived with injuries.


Source :  Egypt Independent


Cairo is world’s second most polluted city: WHO

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Cairo has been ranked as the second most polluted large city in the world, according to a report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), which studied air pollution globally from 2011 until 2015.

In 2017, the United Nations Environment Programme stated in a report that 40,000 people in different parts of Egypt all died from pollution. The report pointed to the absence of trees within Egypt’s capital as leading to the increase of air pollution.

The UN report explained that Cairo is similar to Iran’s capital Tehran and the US city of Los Angeles in their air pollution ratios. The situation in Cairo differs slightly as the topography allows for an effective decrease in air pollution compared to the other two cities.

India’s city of New Delhi topped the list at first place while two other Indian cities, Kolkata and Mumbai, occupied the fourth and fifth places on the list. Turkey’s city of Istanbul came in at the eighth place.

The WHO report noted that seven million people worldwide die from exposure to polluted air, addeding that nearly 4.2 million people died in 2016 from air pollution; pollution from fuel exhaust also resulted in the death of 3.8 million people in 2016.

Being that it is the capital of the country, hosting a population of 19.5 million, Cairo is considered to be the most congested city in Egypt. The Qalyubia, Giza and Cairo provinces together represent what is known as Greater Cairo.


Source :  Egypt Independent