Bombardier seeks to enmesh Embraer in trade spat before ruling
JANUARY 23, 2018 / 3:02 PM by Allison Lampert
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier (BBDb.TO) on Tuesday attempted to draw its Brazilian rival Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) into a hotly contested trade dispute, two days before a U.S. agency will rule on whether duties should be slapped on American sales of the Canadian plane-and-train-maker's largest jet.
Bombardier, which contests Boeing's claim, is asking the ITC to consider Embraer's E190-E2 as a competitor in the 100-to-150-seat market because of recent improvements to the new plane's range.
Bombardier wants the ITC to take the unusual step of reopening the record to consider a recent FlightGlobal article, which cites an Embraer executive saying the plane's range has improved from 2,850 nautical miles to 2,900 nautical miles.