A couple weeks ago, some ludicrous news came out that shows just how much Boeing has Airbus outmatched in the fraud department. It turns out that the United Kingdom has something called the "Serious Fraud Office," that has launched an investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption against Airbus because Airbus did not disclose, as required, the use of outside consultants in securing some airplane sales when it applied for loan guarantees from the U.K. for those contracts. The use of the consultants was legal, they were just not disclosed as required on the loan paperwork.
This made worldwide news, and certainly embarrassed Airbus. This shows how Airbus faces zealous enforcement of anti-corruption laws, whereas Boeing gets away with murder, literally, here in numerous ongoing frauds "across the pond." Airbus is squeaky clean compared to the management cabal that runs Boeing. Why don't we have a "Serious Fraud Office" of our own that is similarly zealous they will not only investigate the serious frauds Boeing is involved in that get people killed, but will also investigate such paperwork errors as well? Inquiring citizens should want to know why our government is not protecting us thusly.
As for Airbus' reported "fraud," I'm actually for this kind of stretching of the law to the maximum extent to get sales by Airbus if it ultimately means more Airbus planes delivered rather than Boeing planes. The air traveling public would be much safer if more of the world fleet was Airbus planes, as Airbus planes are actually fully inspected and quality and safety compliant before delivery, while Boeing's are not and therefore are defect riddled when delivered.
If Airbus didn't report commissions on every loan guarantee application that pales in comparison to the Boeing management fraud going on to this day that imperils millions of lives by Boeing management having inspectors buy off work on airplanes as compliant and complete that they never actually inspected, as required.
If the fraud I witnessed at Boeing was only the kind of fraud alleged in this story against Airbus, or any other type of financial fraud, I likely would have never come forward as a whistleblower. I wouldn't condone it, but it wouldn't be worth the retaliation and my job if I reported it, as Boeing would be only hurting the company itself if they were caught. Not so with the two frauds I reported that has cost at least 750 lives with the QA inspection fraud, and could cost us our country itself in the case of Boeing's B-2 composite technology theft.
It is quite sad that the United Kingdom has a government ethical enough it even launches investigations of even paperwork errors by their most powerful corporations, while we here in the U.S. are addled with a government that continues to ignore almost every issue of rampant fraud and lawbreaking by Boeing to the point that entire government agencies have been taken over by corrupt Boeing management (the FAA, and DOD procurement) to the point that they now work for Boeing management fraudsters, rather than the citizens that pay their salaries that they are supposed to protect from criminal corporations like Boeing. It's not like Boeing's continuing frauds are hidden from our government. They are open to any government official with access to the internet or to an ethical government investigator.
So I say bravo, Airbus. Whatever you can do to ensure more fully inspected and safe Airbus planes are put into the world fleet instead of defect riddled Boeing planes that doesn't hurt anyone will certainly be applauded here. When you are in a duopoly battle with a company that doesn't respect life, you must do everything possible to win so as many lives as possible are saved. Considering everything, that is the ethical thing to do.
The Last Inspector