European planemaker Airbus on Wednesday rejected claims by its arch-rival that it caused job losses in the United States, and charged that Boeing itself was responsible for destroying employment.
"Boeing repeats its old standby that European reimbursable loans destroyed jobs in America," Airbus said in a blistering statement issued after the firm unveiled plans Monday to open a factory on Boeing's home turf.
"The WTO (World Trade Organization) dismissed such claims and has specifically found that Boeing's own management decisions and its outsourcing/offshoring policy were exclusively responsible for American job losses," it said.
Boeing and Airbus, which dominate the global aircraft business, have been at odds for years over subsidies they receive from their government backers, and both have won and lost complaints filed against the other at the WTO.
The European firm said in Monday's statement that "as Boeing persists in misleading the public, Airbus expects another WTO ruling that confirms once again its prior findings."
These were, it said, that European government loans were a WTO-compliant private-public partnership mechanism while grants, as received by Boeing, were illegal.
Airbus, a subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), called on Boeing to "walk the talk: cut the cheap misinformation and the massive illegal government subsidies".
Airbus on Monday said it planned to build a $600 million assembly plant in the US port city of Mobile, Alabama, on the Gulf of Mexico, to produce the popular A320 passenger planes.
Airbus estimates 4,600 new single-aisle aircraft will be needed in the United States over the next 20 years and the new US plant could more than double its share of the huge market.
Source: AFP American Edition