Feds decide Delta importing Bombardier jets from Canada won
International Trade Commission ruled Friday.
The Commerce Department had threatened tariffs that would have quadrupled the cost of C Series jets that Delta ordered. Boeing had complained that Canada unfairly subsidized Bombardier, which could then sell the jets at prices below cost.
The commission was weighing tariffs geared to offset what an estimated 212.39% subsidy to build the planes and a 79.82% dumping margin that the department determined in December. industry.” Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, David Johanson, Irving Williamson and Meredith Broadbent each voted against Boeing. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold at less than fair value,” the commission said in a statement.
“As a result of the (commission’s) negative determinations, no anti dumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued.”
Bombardier issued a statement calling the decision “a victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law.”
“The C Series is the most innovative and efficient new aircraft in a generation,” the company said. “With this matter behind us, we are moving full speed ahead with finalizing our partnership with Airbus,” which partnered with Bombardier to help manufacture the planes in Alabama.
Boeing vowed to continue to document the damage from subsidies and dumped pricing. small single aisle airplane market,” Boeing said in a statement. aerospace industry, and we are feeling the effects of those unfair business practices in the market every day.”
Delta executives said repeatedly that they wanted the smaller, quieter, fuel efficient planes, but that they didn’t expect to pay the tariffs. traveling public access to the state of the art 110 seat CS100 aircraft when Boeing offers no viable alternative.” The carrier said it looks forward to introducing the planes to its fleet.
The dispute had threatened a broader trade war. President Trump pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership of 12 nations and threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. On Tuesday, the administration imposed tariffs on imported solar energy components and large washing machines.
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Delta announced plans last year to buy 75 of the planes with 109 seats each. But Boeing challenged the sale aggressively, arguing that Canada,
its province of Quebec, and the United Kingdom subsidized Bombardier with a combined $3 billion to sell planes at less than the cost to produce them.
Boeing said the 737 Max 7, which is now the company smallest passenger jet, is roughly comparable starting with 138 seats. Boeing has projected a market for 29,000 narrow body planes over the next 20 years, and sped up production of the 737.
The perceived threat to Boeing wasn so much from the current planes, which are smaller than Boeing smallest passenger jet, but from the prospect that Bombardier would develop larger planes to compete against versions of the 737. airlines like Delta are among the biggest and most respected airlines in the world, which could spur other carriers to buy Bombardier planes.
are the true market leaders, Conner said. campaigns help determine whether a new airplane will thrive or die. That’s why Bombardier is willing to lose millions of dollars per plane on this sale. Peter Lichtenbaum, a Covington Burling lawyer representing Bombardier, argued there were no lost sales or lost revenues for Boeing from the Delta sale.
petition in this case is unprecedented in its overreach, Lichtenbaum told the commission. doesn’t even make a product that competes with the aircraft Bombardier offered in the sales campaigns that Boeing complains about. facet of the dispute is that Boeing European rival Airbus acquired a majority stake in the C Series program. Airbus plans to build some of the planes at its new factory in Mobile, Ala.
But Boeing has argued that Airbus and Bombardier would import fuselages and wings, and simply assemble them in Alabama.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders tweeted that the company would “carry on with full steam.”
The dispute threatened a broader trade war. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he told President Trump in October that the proposed tariff was something that is warranted and something we look very negatively upon. In December, Canada scrapped plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fight jets.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who was concerned about losing 4,000 Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland, warned in September about growing protectionism worldwide. She tweeted Friday that the decision was “good news for British industry.”