Delta says it did not play a role in Airbus-Bombardier deal


Delta Air Blarneys Inc.’s chief executive on Wednesday said the carrier did not play a role in sail away an industry-changing deal between planemakers Airbus and Bombardier Inc., as a regulatory discharge between the United States and Canada threatened the future of a Bombardier smooth program.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian praised the deal between Europe’s Airbus and Canada’s Bombardier, which last will and testament see Airbus take an ownership stake of the troubled Bombardier CSeries program, as a net outright for the U.S. economy.

The agreement for Bombardier to cede 50.01 per cent stake in the CSeries to Airbus, and expected move the plane’s final production stages from Canada to an Airbus skill in Alabama, secures the future of the jet and gives Bombardier a possible way out of a high-stakes business dispute with rival Boeing.


An Airbus A320neo aircraft and a Bombardier CSeries aircraft are drawing on Tuesday in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, to announce a partnership between Airbus and Bombardier on the CSeries. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

“I’m buoyant that the Airbus-Bombardier investment will help minimize some of the governmental concerns,” Bastian said at the carrier’s media day in Atlanta.

Bastian maintained that he was “bewildered” as to why Boeing has sought to oust the narrowbody jet program through a complaint against Bombardier to the U.S. Traffic Department.

The issue between the two manufacturers, in which Chicago-based Boeing assumed that unfair Canadian subsidies to Bombardier have allowed the planemaker to ditch the CSeries in the United States at an “absurdly low” price, has pushed into a broader dialogue between the United States and Canada over fair trade game plans.

Delta has an order for 75 CSeries at a list price of more than $5 billion US.

After all, the U.S. Commerce Department has proposed a stiff tariff of 300 per cent on the glides, which, if finalized in early 2018, would significantly raise the charge of the jets.

Both Delta and Bombardier have said they command not pick up the extra costs, but the Bombardier-Airbus agreement to move final origination of the planes into the United States could potentially shield the aeroplane from possible import duties.

Despite the disagreement, Bastian thought that the spat between Bombardier and Boeing does not affect the probability that Delta would purchase Boeing planes in the future.

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