CNN on CSeries: This plane may vastly improve flying in the U.S., if it doesn't first start a trade war
And more than half of the jet is manufactured in the U.S., including its Pratt & Whitney engines
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Americans Dread Flying. But Relief May Be Coming
By Jon Ostrower
That's if Montreal-based Bombardier's C Series airliner doesn't first trigger an all-out trade war between the U.S. and Canada.
The plane's roughly 110-seat cabin is designed with an aisle wide enough to maneuver around the drink cart, overhead bins big enough to fit your bag, larger windows and half as many middle seats as bigger aircraft -- and even those are an inch wider. It's also significantly quieter and more fuel efficient than the jets it replaces.
Delta Air Lines plans to replace its smaller regional jets with more spacious C Series on flights up to 1,500 nautical miles -- or about three hours of flying time.
The C Series has been flying passengers in Europe since June 2016, and starting next year, the Bombardier CS100 will start appearing at airports around the U.S.
But Boeing, America's largest exporter and sole U.S. producer of commercial airliners, is suing Bombardier. At issue is whether funds Bombardier received from the Canadian government to stay afloat allowed the plane maker to sell to Delta for what Boeing alleges were "absurdly low prices."
... Further, Pilarski said Boeing has no idea what price Delta paid for the jets nor does it know how much it costs Bombardier to make each jet.
Nor does Bombardier. The Canadian plane maker has delivered fewer than 20 planes. And tallying production costs of something as advanced as a jetliner takes a lot of repetition before a "learning curve" on spending is clear, said Pilarski, former chief economist for McDonnell Douglas.
"This is total Looney Tunes, it doesn't make any frickin' sense whatsoever," said Pilarski, former chief economist for McDonnell Douglas. "You cannot establish the facts that Boeing asserts."
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