This case is about the “war” between Boeing Co. and Airbus S.A.S., the most important aircraft manufacturers in the global market. They are accusing one another of receiving illegal financial support and have lodged a complaint with the WTO.
Students are given background information about each company, the aerospace industry in general and the dispute itself. They are also provided with a summary of the facts of the case where each company’s complaint is broken down. Lastly, they are given a text explaining the GATT/WTO prohibition on subsidies. Using all of this information, students must put themselves in the shoes of the WTO tribunal and make a decision about the case.