The USA in its case against Europe's support for Airbus estimates that the airframer has already received $15 billion in government launch aid - saving the manufacturer more than $100 billion in borrowing costs at commercial rates.

Europe in its defence says reimbursable launch investments are legal under the 1992 EU-US bilateral agreement on trade in large civil aircraft, and that Airbus has repaid more than €7 billion ($9 billion) - or 40% more than it has received from EU governments since 1992.

In its own case against the USA, the European Commission claims that Boeing will have benefited from about $23.7 billion in illegal subsidies between 1984 and 2024.

Source: Flight International