Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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WTO upholds claim against EU over unfair subsidies to Airbus

September 23, 2016 · 894 Views

Twelve years after the U.S. first launched its claim that Airbus had received state aid for the development of the A380 program, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has upheld a further U.S. claim that the European Union failed to act on what was seen as illegal subsidies for the French aircraft manufacturer.
This latest development is just one episode in a long-running two-way battle between the two manufacturing giants, Boeing and Airbus, relating specifically to large aircraft subsidies. Each claim the other has been in receipt of unfair advantages. The latest WTO finding is a damning report indicating that the EU and certain member states within had failed to act upon previous recommendations and rulings on the dispute. As a consequence, this is seen to be a cause of “serious prejudice to the United States’ interests.”
The WTO, however, indicated that the U.S. had failed in its attempt to demonstrate that France, Germany, Spain and the UK had granted prohibited export subsidies for the A350 and A380 programs. As a consequence, both Boeing and Airbus have claimed this latest ruling has gone in their favor.
According to Airbus, the WTO had confirmed that its public-private partnership model was acceptable under the rules and regulations of international trade law, stating that “The A350 agreements are very close to perfect—only tiny tweaks required,” while launching a counter-attack against Boeing’s 787 and 777X programs.
“We only needed to make limited changes in European policies and practices to comply with the appellate body’s report. We did what we needed to do and did it in the agreed timeframe. We will address the few still remaining points indicated by the report in our appeal. As a point of fact, Airbus and its European partners met their obligations to withdraw any subsidy elements or eliminate adverse effects. The only open point is final ruling on the interest rate benchmark for the government loans. We are confident that we will win that point on appeal,” Airbus also stated.
In response to the ruling, Boeing said that they saw the WTO had identified new and illegal subsidies for the A350 and had consequently ruled against the UE for failing to remedy US$17 billion in aid.
According to Boeing’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, “Today’s historic ruling finally holds the EU and Airbus to account for their flouting of global trade rules,” while Boeing’s EVP, J. Michael Luttig, added: “After any appeal of today’s compliance ruling, the next step for the US government is to obtain WTO authorization to impose billions in retaliatory duties. The US government has previously calculated those to be up to US$10 billion annually.”


DVB finances a portfolio of five widebody aircraft for Guggenheim Aviation Partners

July 25, 2011 · 57 Views

DVB Bank reported the successful closing of two separate finance facilities with Guggenheim Aviation Partners (Guggenheim) for two A330-200 aircraft on lease to Jet Airways (India) and three B777-200ER aircraft on lease to American Airlines.
 
The finance facility for the two A330-200 aircraft on lease to Jet Airways closed in late March. Both aircraft were delivered new to Jet Airways in 2008 and were subject to a sale/leaseback with Guggenheim’s managed fund. The finance facility for three B777-200ER aircraft on lease to American Airlines closed in early June. The aircraft were originally delivered to American from 2000 to 2002 and were also subject to a sale/leaseback earlier this year with the Guggenheim fund. DVB Bank provided a back leveraging of this acquisition by the Guggenheim fund.


Avio presents new logo

July 25, 2011 · 50 Views

Avio looks to the future and, as a tangible sign of its thrust for innovation, adopts a new logo. The Group, a leader in propulsion systems, is involved in increasingly challenging industrial projects, such as the next generation aeroengines, expansion in the Chinese market and the Vega satellite launcher, to mention but a few. The new logo chosen for the renewal of its identity reflects the Company’s strong forward-looking attitude while providing a link to its extraordinary past.


B/E Aerospace second quarter 2011 results exceed expectations

July 25, 2011 · 72 Views

B/E Aerospace reported that second quarter 2011 revenues of $608.9 million increased $125.0 million as compared with the same period of the prior year. Second quarter 2011 results reflect the acquisitions of TSI Group, Satair A/S’s aerospace fastener distribution business and LaSalle Lighting (recent acquisitions). Revenue growth for the second quarter of 2011, excluding recent acquisitions from both periods, was approximately 12.8%. Second quarter 2011 operating earnings of $106.7 million increased 35.4% on the aforementioned 25.8% increase in revenues. Operating margin was 17.5% and expanded 120 basis points as compared with the prior year period. Operating earnings growth and operating margin expansion were driven by the higher sales volume, improved revenue mix and ongoing operational efficiency initiatives.  Second quarter 2011 net earnings were $54.8 million.


Southern Air signs ACMI agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines

July 25, 2011 · 70 Views

Southern Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed a definitive agreement under which Southern Air will operate one Boeing 747 freighter on behalf of Saudi Airlines Cargo on an ACMI basis (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance).  The aircraft will begin to be operated for Saudi Airlines Cargo in July 2011 and will be painted in its livery.


Phenom 300 receives type certification in Australia

July 25, 2011 · 106 Views

Embraer has received Type Certification (TC) from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), for the Phenom 300 light jet to operate in the country. Frst certified in December 2009 by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Phenom 300 is now accepted in almost 40 countries including Indonesia, Austria, Denmark, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, amongst others.


Embraer Defense and Security chooses V2500-E5 engine for KC-390 Transport

July 25, 2011 · 60 Views

Embraer Defense and Security has selected the V2500-E5 engine, manufactured by International Aero Engines AG (IAE), to equip the KC-390 military transport jet. The first deliveries of the V2500-E5 engines for the KC-390 prototypes are scheduled for 2013, and the flight tests for 2014. The aircraft should go into service in 2015.


Rockwell Collins unveils touch-control flight displays for business jets and turboprop aircraft

July 25, 2011 · 53 Views

Rockwell Collins unveiled the industry’s first touch-control primary flight displays for business jets and turboprop aircraft, which will be available on future applications of the company’s Pro Line Fusion avionics system. The announcement was made at the 59th Annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh.

“These displays demonstrate our focus on empowering pilots with natural head-up, eyes-forward interfaces,” said Colin Mahoney, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Rockwell Collins. “Touch-controlled, icon-based controls on the main displays help keep pilots’ attention focused up and forward for safer and more efficient flying.”


Messier-Bugatti-Dowty strengthens partnership with Airbus

July 25, 2011 · 124 Views

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) reported the extension of its supply relationship with Airbus for the nose and main landing gears of the single aisle program to include the contract award of the A320neo family. As the incumbent landing gear supplier for the A320 family, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will progressively offer enhancements to current single aisle landing gears starting in 2014, in order to ensure a seamless transition into A320neo family deliveries, scheduled for entry in service in 2015. Direct benefits to operators include greater reliability and an extended service interval of 12 years between overhauls.

To date, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has delivered 4,800 landing gears for the A320 family. The company’s global industrial network delivers 38 shipsets per month to Airbus Final Assembly Lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and in China. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty supplies landing gear to all Airbus families in service or in development, including the entire A330/A340 family, A380 nose landing gear and A350-800/900 main landing gears.