Odds and Ends: Germans withhold Loans on A350; CSeries; SPEEA update
A350 Loans: The German government is withholding repayable loans (aka launch aid) for the Airbus A350 in another one of its regular snits over work share. Airbus ought to forget these loans and either self-fund or go to the commercial markets. The German government scuppered the merger with BAE Systems. Forgetting government loans would give Airbus more freedom to do what it wants with less government interference. It would also get the US off its back.
Speaking of Corporate Welfare: Read this article about Boeing, others and Oklahoma.
CSeries: AirInsight has a 13 minute podcast with the head of the CSeries program, talking about the assembly of Flight Test Vehicle (FTV) 1 and the program’s status.
SPEEA Update: The engineers union at Boeing seems to be gearing up for a strike, according to this article.
Speaking of Unions: The IAM is back at Boeing’s Charleston plant with a union drive.