mjoelnir wrote:Perhaps the best way is, to put the tariffs on the USA wares and use them to pay the 10 % tariff of airplanes into the USA.
That statement reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how tariffs work and are paid. Tariffs are paid by the importer. That might be Delta, if Delta buys directly from Airbus SE. It might some some local American Airbus entity (Airbus USA?) if there is a transfer sale from Airbus SE to Airbus USA (then to Delta). Tariffs are paid TO the government. If an EU government turns around and hands tariff moneys to Airbus -- that's just more illegal aid.
Reuters had a very good timeline of EU aid to Airbus and the progression through the WTO. The U.S. case against EU aid to Airbus has gone all the way through findings and WTO approval of counter-veiling tariffs. The EU case against Washington State aid to Boeing has not. There were years and years of determinations by the WTO that some forms of EU aid to Airbus were illegal.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wto- ... SKBN1WH198
To the OP's question: Aircraft assembled in Mobile are tariff-exempt as a consideration to the ~1,000 Alabama employees, not because the aircraft there assembled have enough American content (or North American content under NAFTA) to be considered American-made. Ten guys just painting fully-assembled A350s in Mobile wouldn't get the same courtesy. Tariff classifications can be very complicated - and surgically applied. Any clever idea by Airbus will be undone by the stroke of a pen. Now, if Airbus wants to invest $1.5 Billion to start an A330neo line for the 33 more DL aircraft on order I'm confident those could also be tariff-exempted.