A big ruling today concerning Bombardier, the Canadian airplane maker that’s looking to partner with Airbus and build a new production line in Mobile. What’s not certain is whether this is good news, or bad news, for the Port City.
Today the International Trade Commission ruled that American companies and workers are not being harmed by Bombardier selling its 100-150-seat C-series jets in the U.S.
Boeing had complained of an unleveled playing field since Bombardier is subsidized by the Canadian government. The Trump Administration’s Commerce Department had proposed 300-percent duties on Bombardier sales in the US, primarily to Delta Airlines. Today’s ruling would stop that.
Faced with the prospect of huge tariff, several months ago, Bombardier announced a partnership with Airbus to build an assembly line at Airbus’ facility in Mobile to make U-S built C-series planes.
Today Airbus and Lower Alabama’s congressman said the Trade Commission ruling is good news for Mobile.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a statement – “We are happy to see that the ITC concurred with our views. We will carry on full steam with our C series project… creating new jobs in the U.S.”
Congressman Bradley Byrne’s Deputy Chief of Staff Seth Morrow added “Bombardier has made clear they are fully committed to the new Mobile line. This will just eliminate any legal uncertainty.”
But others, like Bloomberg News, speculate that if Bombardier is not facing stiff duties to sell its Canadian-made planes in the US, then it has less of a reason to partner with Airbus to make the jets in Mobile. Right now, that 300 million-dollar deal between Bombardier and Airbus is still scheduled to close later this year.