The World Trade Organization ruled Thursday that Boeing has received more than $5 billion in subsidies from the U.S. Government.
It determined about $2.7 billion worth of those subsidies were illegal after complaints were made by Boeing’s European rival Airbus.
Boeing’s Tim Neale says the amount of aid the WTO found illegal pales in comparison to what the trade organization already ruled that Airbus received.
"Out of the two decisions, I think comes some clear rules about what governments can and cannot do," he said. "At the end of the day, that’s what we’re looking for."
The WTO already ruled that Airbus received about $20 billion in illegal aid from European governments to get its planes off the ground.
Most of the illegal U.S. aid to Boeing surrounds programs it has with NASA.
"It means that they have things they have to change," Neale said. "Their business model needs to change because the launch aid that they have been getting which is the primary subsidy they have been getting has been deemed to be illegal."
Neale believes this ruling favors Boeing because the WTO rejected 80 percent of Europe’s claims.
The U.S. can still appeal this ruling.