Add $5 million to Airbus tanker bid, Dicks says

Airbus received $5 billion in illegal launch aide to build 1,000 A330s, so the Pentagon should tack on an additional $5 million per plane to the Airbus/Northrop Grumman tanker bid, Congressman Norm Dicks says.

This $5 million-per-plane duty would help “neutralize” unfair advantages Airbus got from European governments, Dicks said Wednesday. “This subsidy has enabled Airbus to finance the development of this aircraft at a significantly lower cost.”

Boeing’s backers in Congress continue to push the Air Force to make the World Trade Ogranization’s ruling that Airbus received illegal subsidies one of the factors it considers as it evaluates tanker bids. The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers supports that position.

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