The World Trade Organization has decided to take two more months to rule on a complaint that The Boeing Co. received illegal government subsidies to enhance its airplane production.
The trade group originally said it would make a July ruling on the case. Panel members say they need more time to properly study the mountain of complex evidence.
The delay was a setback for Airbus in its fight with Boeing over a $40 billion contract for U.S. Air Force aerial tankers. Boeing has used a WTO ruling that Airbus received $20 billion in illegal subsidies in developing its aircraft as ammunition in its fight to win the tanker contract.
The EADS North America consortium headed by Airbus submitted an 8,800-page bid Thursday for the tanker contract. The bid is based on a militarized version of the Airbus A330 airplane.