Belfast Telegraph

Boeing challenge against Bombardier over US C Series sales 'spiteful' says MP

By John Mulgrew

Boeing's challenge to rival Bombardier over the sale of its part-Belfast made jets is “spiteful”, a Westminster committee has heard.

Senior members of Boeing, including Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe, faced a grilling from MPs at the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning.

DUP MP Ian Paisley, along with others, said that Boeing's claim it is directly competing with the Bombardier C Series planes at the centre of the dispute, which could see a 300% tariff slapped on US sales, “looks spiteful”, and that it is not a direct competitor.

The committee heard that there are around 4,400 737 aircraft on backlog.

Earlier this year, Boeing took a challenge over the sale of Bombardier's C Series planes. It claimed the planes were unfairly subsidised by the Canadian government, and were 'dumping aircraft', by selling them below cost.

“You want to punish Bombardier,” Mr Paisley said.

“... you have attacked another British employer.”

Sir Michael said: “I don't like to accept the implications of what you are saying Mr Paisley.”

Mr Paisley claimed that Boeing was not in a position to compete directly with Bombardier, therefore would not have been damaged by the C Series sales to major customers such as Delta.

Sir Michael said that “in any competition, with any cost, it will be about when the planes are delivered”.

“There are two elements, the subsidy... and then the dumping, which is also using illegal subsidy.”

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