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Airbus has applauded a ruling by the World Trade Organization that Boeing received "at least $5.3 billion" in illegal subsidies from the U.S. from 1989 to 2006. The U.S. has noted the WTO came down heavier on the European Union for its support of Airbus. (Associated Press)

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Boeing's popular 787 Dreamliner has been nicknamed the "Subsidy-liner" and the "7-aid-7" by European rival Airbus because of funding provided to Boeing by the U.S. government. The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the U.S. has provided billions in illegal subsidies to Boeing. (Associated Press)

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W. JamesMcNerney, Jr., CEO of Boeing, said that America's competitors aren't waiting until after the November elections "and we shouldn't either." (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks Feb. 17, 2012, at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. (Associated Press)

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Members of the media board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a press preview in Singapore on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, prior to the Singapore Airshow 2012. (AP Photo/Bryan van der Beek)

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Mark Blondin, Machinists Union national aerospace coordinator, hugs a Boeing worker after the announcement Dec. 7 that the union voted for a new contract. A Republican bill would require workers to reaffirm their faith in unions with a new vote every three years. (Associated Press)

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Boeing hopes to ramp up production of its 787 Dreamliner model this year. The Chicago-based company posted its best year ever in 2011. (Associated Press)

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A Boeing 787 lands at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., on Friday. Boeing is building its 787 Dreamliner to use 20 percent less fuel than the jet it replaces. (Associated Press)

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Employees at the Boeing assembly plant in Renton, Wash., work on a 737. U.S. manufacturers' and builders' December satististics showed hopeful gains. (Associated Press)

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Boeing employees work in the 787 Dreamliners Aft Body Assembly building in June in Charleston, S.C. Boeing and the International Association Machinists reached a deal on a new contract last week. The union had accused Boeing of illegally shifting work to the Charleston plant in retaliation for past strikes in Washington state. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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Boeing employees work in the 787 Dreamliner aft-body assembly building in June in Charleston, S.C. It's not immediately clear how a National Labor Relations Board dispute involving the South Carolina plant will be affected by aerospace giant Boeing reaching a tentative labor contract with the Machinists union this week. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon on Wednesday called a tentative collective-bargaining pact between aerospace giant Boeing and the Machinists union "a very significant and hopeful development." (Associated Press)

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Peter C. Schaumber, conservative former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, says the board's liberal majority is skirting rules and going behind the back of its only conservative member in its fight against Boeing. (Associated Press)

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Boeing employee's conduct simulation production training in the Final Assembly Building on June 16, 2011 in Charleston, SC. The training simulates how the 787 Dreamliner would move through production at the facility. The Final Assembly Building will be home to the second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility. The building is the size of 10.5 football fields and can house two 787 Dreamliners wingtip to wingtip. Boeing will be able to deliver three airplanes per month. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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Boeing employee's conduct simulation production training in the Final Assembly Building on June 16, 2011 in Charleston, SC. The training simulates how the 787 Dreamliner would move through production at the facility. The Final Assembly Building will be home to the second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility. The building is the size of 10.5 football fields and can house two 787 Dreamliners wingtip to wingtip. Boeing will be able to deliver three airplanes per month. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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Construction Workers are working to meet the July 2011 deadline on Boeing's Final Assembly Building which will be home to the second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility on June 16, 2011 in Charleston, SC. The building is the size of 10.5 football fields and can house two 787 Dreamliners wingtip to wingtip. Boeing will be able to deliver three airplanes per month. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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President and CEO Bryan S. Derreberry with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce discusses the positive influence that Boeing brings to the Charleston, SC. community on June 16, 2011 at his office in Charleston, SC.(Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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Boeing employee's work in the 787 Dreamliners Aft Body Assembly building on June 16, 2011 in Charleston, SC. The new Final Assembly Building will be home to the second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility. The building is the size of 10.5 football fields and can house two 787 Dreamliners wingtip to wingtip. Boeing will be able to deliver three airplanes per month. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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Account Manager/Recruiter Jack L. Beabout with Dunhill Staffing Systems, discusses the positive influence that Boeing brings to the Charleston, SC. community on June 16, 2011 at his office in Mount Pleasant, SC. Dunhill Staffing Systems is a recruiting firm that places professionals with companies for jobs. Boeing is one of those companies. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

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Boeing employees work in the 787 Dreamliner aft-body-assembly building on Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Charleston, S.C. The building is the size of 10.5 football fields and can house two 787 Dreamliners wingtip to wingtip. Boeing will be able to deliver three airplanes per month. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)