USA trade court rules against Boeing in dispute with Canada

Bombardier ruling due Friday amid spate of US protectionism

Bombardier ruling due Friday amid spate of US protectionism

"Delta Air Lines is pleased by the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling rejecting Boeing's anticompetitive attempt to deny USA airlines and the U. travelling public access to the state-of-the-art 110-seat CS100 aircraft when Boeing offers no viable alternative". Over a thousand jobs in Belfast depend on the success of the C-Series passenger jet. The ruling also opens the door for Montreal-based Bombardier to woo new American customers while potentially easing US trade tensions with Canada and Britain, where the company builds wings for the aircraft.

Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary, said Bombardier workers in Northern Ireland would be "breathing a huge sigh of relief" after the ITC had "seen through Boeing's baseless complaint".

Bombardier had been widely expected to lose the case, which followed a complaint by its USA rival, Boeing.

The trade panel's ruling is "a victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law", Bombardier, which spent more than $6 billion to develop the C Series, said in a statement.

On Friday the ITC voted unanimously against Boeing in favour of its Canadian rival Bombardier after Donald Trump's administration had threatened to impose duties of 292 per cent.

The ruling comes after Theresa May met U.S. president Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.

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"It is good news for workers at Bombardier's Belfast plant, where parts for the C-Series are made, but it's also good news for Airbus, which took advantage of Bombardier's struggles to take a majority stake in the C-Series".

Boeing, the American giant that is the world's largest aerospace company, accused Bombardier, a smaller Canadian rival, past year of accepting illegal government subsidies from Canada and Britain for its C Series programme, allowing it to sell the jets cheaply in the United States.

The ITC's role was to determine whether the aircraft manufacture industry in America was damaged by imports that the U.S. administration believed were being sold too cheaply. It is also a victory for United States airlines and the USA travelling public. In its statement, Bombardier underlined that the aircraft's construction "development and production represent thousands of jobs in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom".

"We are extremely proud of our employees, investors and suppliers, who have worked together to bring this remarkable aircraft to the market".

"With this matter behind us, we are moving full speed ahead with finalizing our partnership with Airbus", the company said. British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted that she welcomed the ruling.

"This whole Bombardier saga must act as a warning to the UK Government about the kind of battles it faces to defend UK jobs and industries as we leave the European Union and face the increasingly hostile territory of trade wars on our own".

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