Boeing has been indirectly bribing many countries in order to get orders from them. Bribes don't always have to be in the direct form, as in cash exchanging hands. If and airline like Ethiopian Airlines tried ordering an Airbus product, all hell would break loose because the US politicians would be directly on the country's case, communicating directly with the Ethiopian government and raising issues such as the $$$ in aid the US pours into the country to feed its people. Saudi Arabian and its all-American aircraft is another example, and the issue with China Airlines ordering Airbus aircraft and all senators writing letters to the Taiwanese government saying that they have always supported them etc is definitely a form of bribery AND
subsidy. So, Boeing does not need to give bribes directly to those airlines (and I am not saying Airbus does either). I also think whoever these lawmakers are should be putting their minds and work towards what is to benefit the people they represent, and not a company that should be standing on its own.
I still wonder about the Airbus 340 ET
ended up returning, and that issue with the American bank that went crazy when ET
paid off its high interest debt way "prematurely" still puzzles me.