Belfast Telegraph

Boeing ends legal challenge against Bombardier

Bombardier’s wing factory in Belfast
Bombardier’s wing factory in Belfast

Aircraft giant Boeing has said it won't appeal the US ruling in favour of Bombardier- which employs 4,000 people in Northern Ireland- after a bitter trade dispute.

Boeing had complained about Bombardier’s selling of its C-Series jets at less than cost price to Delta Airlines.

The US Department of Commerce had previously recommended a near 300% duty on sale of the C-Series jets for five years, putting around 1,000 jobs at risk at Bombardier's east Belfast wings factory.

DUP MP Gavin Robinson said: “This announcement is great news for Bombardier and brings an end to this long and difficult saga.

“The US Trade Commission ruling came as a surprise to many, but the decisive, unanimous decision obviously sent out a very clear message.

"Boeing should feel suitably chastened that their bullying approach was justly and robustly rejected.

“I know the company are focused now on building on recent orders for the C Series and bringing more of these fantastic aircraft into service. F

"For my part,  I will continue to encourage government to support manufacturing and particularly our aviation sector in Northern Ireland.”

A spokesman for Bombardier said: "Boeing’s claim was meritless and should never have been brought.  We are happy that it has come to an end.  This is good news for the whole aerospace industry and the flying public, which will benefit from the most innovative commercial aircraft built in the last 30 years."

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