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Negotiations on the cards for Boeing and Airbus

Boeing and Airbus could use negotiations to extricate themselves from trade disputes with the WTO.

20 September 2010

Business negotiations may be required between the world's two largest aircraft manufacturers and authorities.

Airbus argues that an imminent ruling by the World Trade Organization on allegations that the US manufacturer received illegal subsidies should be tied to a similar case in which it is embroiled, Bloomberg reports.

Boeing has rejected the claims of its major rival, suggesting, instead, that the two cases are very different.

Ted Austell, vice-president of trade policy at Boeing, was quoted by the news provider as saying: "The two cases are completely separate and deal with very specific issues."

However, officials in Europe have suggested that the two cases can be resolved with business negotiations behind closed doors.

The dispute has already lasted six years, during which time the airline manufacturers have lost ground to rivals from Brazil, Russia, China and Canada.

Earlier this week, it was suggested that firms should carefully consider the personnel they use for business negotiations, with expert Greg Williams writing on that each negotiator should bring something unique to the table. 

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