Unformatted text preview: citizens. Offsetting production costs can yield a less expensive product therefore passing savings onto the airlines purchasing aircraft who can theoretically pass those savings onto their passengers. During Airbus' inception, their biggest competitors were still receiving subsidies and they are veteran companies. Boeing received subsidies from the state of Washington in the amount of $3.2 billion to offset costs of their 787 aircraft. While many question the multinational investments in Airbus, Boeing too received multinational investment. An example of this is $1.6 billion in indirect subsidies coming from the Japanese government. If a veteran competitor such as Boeing requires this much in subsidies to produce aircraft, it would only be reasonable to expect a new competitor to require the same or more to become successful. It may be possible, but the risk needed to be accounted for in order to become a viable competitor is just too great to ask Airbus to attempt without subsidies....
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- Spring '11
- Capital accumulation, Airbus, viable competitor