DUBAI: "Tariffs won't apply on US-assembled CSeries" -- Hopes Cromer, President Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Bombardier intends to start building a $300 million aircraft factory in Alabama immediately after the CSeries joint venture's sale to Airbus closes – and CS100s delivered to US customers from that facility will not be subject to a possible import tariff, predicts the president of the Canadian airframer's commercial aircraft unit, Fred Cromer.
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12 November, 2017 | SOURCE: Flight Dashboard | BY: Stephen Trimble | Dubai
His comments directly challenge Boeing's firm stance that all CS100s acquired by Delta Air Lines under a 2016 contract should be subject to any tariff imposed by the US Department of Commerce, regardless of where the aircraft are assembled.
"We're pretty confident that airplanes that are produced in the US with the amount of US content that's already on the aircraft will give us access to the US market without the tariffs," Cromer told FlightGlobal in an exclusive interview at the Dubai air show today.
In a thinly veiled jab at Boeing's globally distributed supply chain for aircraft such as the 787, Cromer notes that more than half of a US-assembled CSeries will come from US sources.
"I would challenge other aircraft programmes, even some of those built in the US, to demonstrate that they have that much US presence," Cromer says.
The dispute stems from a complaint that Boeing filed with the Department of Commerce last May over the CSeries sale to Delta. Boeing alleged that ...