WTO to examine 777X tax breaks: Well, we predicted this in November 2013 when Washington State extended the Boeing 787 tax breaks to the 777X. And it’s happened. The World Trade Organization is going to take a look at that action. The 787 tax breaks were found by the WTO to be illegal. Washington didn’t change anything when it extended the tax breaks to the 777X.
US carriers vs Middle East airlines: Pretty much anyone who follows airlines has read about the war of words and politics between American, Delta and United airlines on the one hand and Emirates, Qatar and Etihad airlines on the other.
The blog Boarding Area has done perhaps the best independent analysis we’ve seen on the topic. You can find it here.
Goldman puts a Sell on Boeing: Goldman Sachs became the second firm to put a Sell rating on Boeing (after boutique Buckingham Research last year). Goldman believes the industry has had a strong run up and is now beginning to enter a period of over-supply, so it’s time to sell.
ExIm may get renewed: Maybe some Republicans are coming to their senses: there is a move in the House, controlled by the GOP, to renew the ExIm Bank for five years. The Tea Party still objects, calling it corporate welfare (mainly for Boeing), but as we’ve written many times, this is about global competition and domestic jobs. Boeing is able to sell airplanes to airlines that need help (although some deals are dubious to carriers that don’t seem to need it), which creates jobs putting these airplanes together and building all the parts for them. If ExIm was not reauthorized, Airbus would have a clear advantage. Let’s hope the more sane Republicans prevail