Delta Airlines anticipates CS100 aircraft deliveries in 2018
Following the decision by United States International Trade Commission (ITC) not to impose a 300% import tax on Bombardier C Series jets, Delta Airlines announced intending to “take as many deliveries as possible” from a new Airbus and Bombardier U.S. facility, as soon as it opens, but for the time being will accept jets made in Canada as well.
The U.S. carrier has 75 C Series planes on order. Despite the fact that the revised delivery schedule with Bombardier is not yet determined, the airline notes in a statement that the “ITC decision clears the way for Delta to accept deliveries in Canada”, meaning that some aircraft might reach its fleet in 2018.
“The company is evaluating how to best match Bombardier's production capacities with fleet needs, and while pleased that imports from Canada can now be part of the near-term solution, Delta looks forward to taking U.S. manufactured aircraft from Mobile when that facility opens,” is written in Delta airlines statement.
As Reuters clarifies, importing C Series planes to the U.S. from Canada can help Bombardier to reach its target of 40 deliveries to Delta Airlines in 2018. Waiting for the opening of its manufacturing facility in Alabama (U.S.), on another hand, would presumably prolong the waiting time.
At the end of 2016, Delta Airlines canceled a deal with Boeing for the purchase of 18 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The amount of the canceled transaction is estimated at $4 billion. At the same time, in April 2016, Delta Airlines entered into an agreement with Bombardier to purchase 75 CS100 aircraft valued at $5.6 billion.
Boeing launched a trade dispute against Bombardier in 2017, alleging that the Canadian government is illegally subsidizing C Series commercial airliner program and that the planes are being sold in the U.S. at “absurdly low” prices. Boeing backed this claim by referring to Delta Airlines and Bombardier deal for C Series planes.
Following the accusations, the U.S. government imposed 300% trade duties on C Series planes, but the ITC ruling on January 26, 2018 determined that the tax obligation will not come into force.
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