Bombardier jobs at risk after United States ruling

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The company expressed hope that the International Trade Commission will "reject Boeing's attempt to unfairly tilt the playing field in its favor and to impose an indirect tax on the flying public through unjustified import tariffs".

The Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute is now threatening to affect the trade relations between London and Washington. The prime minister had previously lobbied President Donald Trump after US aircraft maker Boeing alleged that Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell planes at artificially low prices.

"The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules", Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross said in a statement. Everyone is bending the rules, and everyone justifies it because everyone else is doing it. Mom, I only took a cookie because he did it first. Canadian negotiators fought for that system in the 1980s and the Bombardier-Boeing spat makes it even more important to keep it.

The company has warned that its C-Series model is "critical" to its Belfast operation. That's not accurate, said Delta.

The price of the CSeries jets starts at $79.5 million, but airlines usually get them at about a 50 percent discount.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he wants Ottawa to take a hard line against Boeing after the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent duty on jets manufactured by Montreal rival Bombardier.

Trade experts said Canada is in a tough spot because while it has options, such as retaliating, talking to Boeing and following through with the dispute process, there is no good way forward.

Bombardier reacted to the decision, saying: "We strongly disagree with the Commerce Department's preliminary decision".

The manufacturer described the DoC's interim determination as "absurd" and "divorced from the reality about the financing of multi-billion-dollar aircraft programmes".

"Boeing's petition is threatening these United States jobs", she added.

The programme also received one billion U.S. dollars from the Canadian provincial government in Quebec in 2015 when its fortunes appeared to be ailing.

And, speaking prior to the ruling, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced support for Bombardier and Canada's aerospace industry and once again threatened to cut government ties with Boeing.

This ruling brings into risk over 4,200 jobs at a Northern Ireland Bombardier plant where the CSeries 110 to 130-seat jets are made.

Bombardier is a Canadian company but has a significant manufacturing base in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the wings of C Series aircrafts are manufactured.

"Theresa May has been asleep at the wheel when she could and should have been fighting to protect these workers".

Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) has won a key ruling by USA regulators against a Canadian rival in a price subsidy dispute that threatens to strain U.S.

Thousands more work in the supply chain. Absolutely. The penalty is almost three times what Boeing asked for, and, if it is upheld, it will triple the price of C Series jets sold into the U.S. The likely effect of that would be to make the plane too expensive for any U.S. airline now considering it.

Boeing has driven the USA government's investigation into the CSeries, which competes in the 100- to 150-seat sector.

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