Analysts pan Boeing strategy in pushing for tariffs on Bombardier’s CSeries
Aviation experts say Boeing's blocking of Bombardier's CSeries jet could be strategically disastrous long-term for both Boeing and the U.S. One prominent analyst predicts a settlement to resolve the case before tariffs are imposed
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September 28, 2017 -
By Dominic Gates Seattle Times aerospace reporter
Leading aerospace analysts are highly critical of Boeing's push to impose steep tariffs on U.S. sales of Bombardier's small CSeries passenger jet, saying the case will damage the long-term interests of both Boeing and the U.S. aerospace industry.
"The free market and free competition are good for us," said Adam Pilarski, a senior vice president with consulting firm Avitas and a leading aviation analyst. "Boeing shouldn't want to move away from that, because to do so will hurt Boeing."
So convinced is Pilarski that this prospect harms U.S. interests, he doesn't believe the 220 percent tariff announced Tuesday ultimately will be imposed on the Canadian planemaker's jets.
Richard Aboulafia, a prominent aviation analyst with the Teal Group, agreed, calling saying this week's ruling "a tactical victory but strategically a disaster" for Boeing.
He said the immediate harm to Boeing is the likely loss of big defense contracts from the two most reliable military allies of the U.S.