Boeing, Bombardier and Delta spar ahead of CSeries tariff ruling
Boeing and Bombardier are both urging the US Department of Commerce to leave the pending Bombardier-Airbus partnership out of its CSeries import tariff decision.
21 NOVEMBER, 2017 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: JON HEMMERDINGER
- "The ambiguity around Bombardier's plans for Mobile should be no surprise. Assembly of the CSeries in the United States would be commercially irrational, except as an attempt to circumvent any anti-dumping duties," says Boeing in its filing. "In the absence of any duties, the announced plans to assemble the CSeries in the United States will never materialise."
Delta Air Lines, meanwhile, continues to insist its purchase order with Bombardier was not an actual sale due to the fluid nature of purchase agreements. It also notes in court papers that a planned US CSeries assembly sites means no aircraft will likely be imported from Canada.
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"There has been no sale for import to date and, now, likely will never be," says Delta in a 13 November filing with the US Department of Commerce. "The absence of such a sale or any likelihood of the same requires that the department issue a negative final determination."
Purchase agreements can change substantially before deliveries, argues Delta, which itself has expressed willingness to delay CSeries deliveries until a US assembly site opens.
Bombardier and Airbus both argued in recent filings that their deal remains far from final and would occur outside the department's investigation timeframe.
The deal calls for Airbus to acquire 50.01% of the CSeries programme and for the companies to establish a Mobile, Alabama site to assemble aircraft for US customers like Delta Air Lines.
Such a move would ...