The contracts illustrate how globalized the commercial aviation industry has become, even as the U.S. and the European Union square off in the World Trade Organization over alleged subsidies to Boeing and European rival Airbus. Cross-border contracts blur traditional national allegiances, but also mean that if the WTO fight escalates, it could have serious repercussions for the whole industry.
Flyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 520 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2291 times:
The big deal is that these global efforts show how idiotic the usual A vs. B threads on this site are. Aircraft construction has been a global operation for many years.
I can get nationalistic from time to time myself, but the best hope for a peaceful world is unrestricted trade. The aircraft industry is just more visible than most because of the costs and number of companies involved.
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
I agree with you, Flyabunch. The globalized nature of modern aircraft construction makes these A vs. B fights seem silly as hell, to say the least. Hell, if what I've been reading is correct, the A380 will have more US made content than the 7e7!
Cwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
Global economics at work...it does show how irrelevant the A vs. B rants are on this board. As usual, we can count on a Solnabo post to illustrate one of those pointless, irrelevant remarks for us. I am sure it was just a demo for the discussion's sake, and not his actual thoughts on the matter.
Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
Trex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 5287 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
the US vs Euro arguments are sometimes bordering on the ridiculous these days, eg that crazy attempt by some in Congress to make the Pentagon only purchase systems with x% US content or those made on US machine tools etc. While they are at it, maybe they should ban French CATIA design systems too along with French fries! Oops, that means Boeing would have to go back to using paper drawings on the 7E7, along with almost every other major US aerospace manufacturer using CAD systems. I mean couldn't B ask another WA state company known for its software to develop a CAD system for them??? (now that would be really scary!)