Boeing abandoned CSeries talks weeks before U.S. duties imposed
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Adrian Morrow and Nicolas Van Praet WASHINGTON/MONTREAL October 24 2017
- After weeks of high-level talks that the Canadians felt were going well, Boeing International president Marc Allen phoned Canada's Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, one Saturday morning in August to say Boeing was breaking off discussions, said the people, who spoke on condition they not be identified.
Bombardier Inc. and Boeing Co. were closing in on a deal this summer brokered by Canadian government officials before the American plane maker abruptly pulled the plug and walked away, people familiar with the matter say.
The negotiations were designed to prevent an aerospace trade battle between Canada and the United States and could have seen Boeing take an ownership stake in Bombardier's C Series aircraft. Instead, after the talks broke off, the United States imposed huge import duties on the planes and Bombardier struck a trans-Atlantic agreement with Europe's Airbus SE in a deal that will change the face of the global aerospace industry and leaves Boeing poised to seek retribution.