A tax break given to Boeing to develop a new airliner has been ruled a banned subsidy by the World Trade Organisation. The decision saw both Boeing and European rival Airbus claiming a victory in the long-running battle between the plane-makers. The WTO said Washington State gave the plane-maker a prohibited subsidy by halving the tax rate in an inducement to develop the company’s 777X airliner there. For more, Howard Wheeldon, of Wheeldon Strategic, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss.
There was a slide in pre-tax profits from EasyJet yesterday. Airlines are concerned the triggering of Article 50, the mechanism which formally starts Brexit negotiations with Brussels, could put the Open Skies agreement at risk. Carriers such as Ryanair and IAG, the owner of British Airrways, have urged the UK government to preserve the agreement, or otherwise, risk hurting UK airlines. Share Radio's Matt Cox heard from Aviation Industry Commentator Julian Bray to find out more about Open Skies and why there is so much concern.