S0Y wrote:Scorpio wrote:Remember that this is just about the case the US started against Europe, where the WTO now rules this can happen. It doesn't mean the WTO has 'picked sides' in the subsidies row between Boeing / US and Airbus / EU. There's another case working its way through the WTO that the EU started against the US over illegal Boeing subsidies. The WTO has already ruled in favor of the EU on that case in the past, so it's perfectly possible that they will eventually give the green light to the EU to place tariffs on Boeing planes too.
.....exactly, and then both sides will sit down and agree not to apply tariffs to each other. Happens all the time in other industries where companies launch IP cases against each other, only to eventually settle once they are at stalemate.
Only real winners are the Lawyers
It will be settled without much bloodshed I imagine. Contrary to what is in the public imagination, Boeing and Airbus are not QUITE the cut throat competitors they appear. They have a nice comfortable duopoly and both like it. There is quite a bit of wink, wink/nudge, nudge between them. The only thing they truly fear is a future large aircraft competitor.