It would have been a pretty big shock if Lion Air had selected the neo. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...boeing-obama-idUSLNE7B100B20111202
The CEO and owner of that airline, who has bought nothing but Boeing airplanes, actually came to see me in Toulouse twice to talk about buying the airplanes and in the end told me he had no choice," Leahy said.
A person with direct knowledge of the talks said Airbus had progressed as far as reaching a provisional deal known as a memorandum of understanding with Lion Air, which although non-binding, usually signals an end to the competition.
It's very interesting that this has come out at exactly the same time that the EU has submitted its plan for meeting the WTO ruling requirements.
The European Union says it has complied with a World Trade Organization ruling that called for an end to unfair subsidies for aircraft maker Airbus.
However, both sides seem to be squaring up for further arguments.
Boeing spokesman Tim Neale said the comment about "limited changes" was "laughable", arguing that in May "the WTO found $18 billion of illegal subsidies to Airbus, and every instance of launch aid to be an illegal subsidy".
An EU source, though, said that no figures were contained in the actual appeal findings, and that the sums declared illegal were vastly lower, without detailing how much they were