Bombardier bills marquee jet as U.S.-made in Boeing trade fight - Alabama News Center
The U.S. International Trade Commission is slated to hear arguments Dec. 18 on whether American industry was harmed by Bombardier's sale of its jet to Delta Air Lines Inc. at what Boeing calls an unfairly low price
December 14, 2017 By John McCormick, Andrew Mayeda and Frederic Tomesco Bloomberg
Bombardier Inc., a crown jewel of Canadian manufacturing, is billing itself as a major U.S. employer in a bitter trade fight with Boeing Co. that has profits, diplomatic ties and the future of a fledgling aircraft on the line.
The maker of the narrow-body jet at the heart of the dispute has assembled an influential group of U.S. politicians, vendors and customers to back its side in a case brought by Boeing, which reaches a critical hearing next week in Washington, D.C. Bombardier says more than half its all-new C Series aircraft is made in U.S. factories even though final assembly takes place near Montreal.
While President Donald Trump likely won't intervene directly in the case, the dispute is a test of his pledge to enforce U.S. trade laws more strictly while also encouraging foreign investment.
The ITC ruling, expected in late January, is also critical to the company's medium-term profitability as it prepares to deliver planes to Delta. In April 2016, the No. 2 U.S. airline ordered 75 of Bombardier's CS100 jets, which carry fewer passengers than Boeing's smallest aircraft, and secured options for 50 more C Series planes.
"It's a huge victory for President Trump and all that he has been trying to do to bring more foreign investment and jobs to America," said U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, whose Alabama district stands to gain 400 to 500 Bombardier jobs in Mobile. "This is not anti-Boeing. It's pro-American."
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