10/15/2010

The head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said Thursday that government-backed financing offered to Persian Gulf airlines has not distorted markets and put U.S. and European carriers at a disadvantage. "There are a lot of countervailing forces in terms of the aircraft industry, from the manufacturers to the airlines," Fred Hochberg told reporters in Dubai. "What is under discussion is how to find the most equitable way of dealing with it." U.S. airlines claim they are at a disadvantage when purchasing aircraft because they are not eligible for Ex-Im loan guarantees.

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