Airbus sees no change to state support for A350: report

PARIS, July 2, 2010 (AFP) - European aerospace giant Airbus will "take into account" a WTO ruling that it had received illegal state support but this will not affect aid for its new A350 model, a report said on Friday.

The Financial Times quoted the chief executive of Airbus's mother company EADS, Louis Gallois, as saying France, Germany and Britain had nearly finished negotiations to help fund the long-haul A350, set to rival Boeing's 787.

He said this should not be affected by a World Trade Organization report on Wednesday which said some European state subsidies to Airbus for its A380 superjumbo were illegal.

"We certainly have to take into account what the WTO is saying but so far knowing the conditions of the future probable support for the A350, I don't see any reason to change this," the newspaper quoted Gallois as saying.

The WTO ruling followed a six-year dispute with Airbus's US rival Boeing, which had complained the subsidies were unfair.

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