Airbus and Boeing are bitter rivals when it comes to government support for their respective airplane programs but they are united when it comes to the proposed funding for Bombardier’s CSeries, according to this article in The Wall Street Journal.
Bombardier proposes to have government funding of various kinds up to 33% of the R&D cost for its 110-130 seat CSeries. The 130-seat version is squarely across from the Airbus A319 and the Boeing 737-700. There are reports that Bombardier is now considering a 150-seat version as well, which is directly competitive to the A320 and 737-800.
Airbus and Boeing oppose the funding scheme for the new jets. (The irony with respect to the Airbus position is duly noted.)
Airbus has also questioned how China is funding the proposed COMAC C919 150-200 seat jet, which looks remarkably like the A320. Boeing, as far as we know, has yet to weigh in on this one.