It appears that Canada will cancel a combat aircraft agreement with Boeing, according to a Reuters report. If true, the measure would raise the possibility that Boeing's controversial commercial dispute with his Canadian rival Bombardier has cost him a deal of up to $ 6 billion.
Citing three sources familiar with the matter, Reuters reports that Canada will not approve a plan to acquire 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighters. Instead, news agency sources say that Canada will buy a fleet of used F-18 fighter aircraft from Australia.
"The measure underlines Ottawa's anger at Boeing's decision to launch a commercial challenge against Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier, which the US giant accuses of launching commercial aircraft in the US market," writes Reuters. "It also questions the future of Boeing's military sales in Canada."
Speculations on Canada's motives for change derive from Boeing's ongoing battle against Bombardier. The new C-series jet from the Quebec-based aircraft manufacturer had been struggling until Delta Air Lines signed a firm order in April 2016 for 75 of the planes. The deal breathed new life into the Series C line, which faced weak sales and a gloomy future before the Delta order.
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But the order did not sit well with Boeing, who finally filed a formal business complaint with the US Department of Commerce. UU In April 2017. Boeing alleged that Bombardier had received unfair state subsidies and then sold its C Series below cost in the US. UU
Boeing claimed that it could harm its own commercial interests. However, Bombardier, and even Delta, responded, arguing that Boeing no longer manufactures a commercial aircraft that is a direct competitor to the size of the Bombardier C-Series models.
"It is very difficult to discover how Boeing is being harmed," Delta CEO Bastian said last October on the basis of Boeing to file a complaint against Bombardier.
"I do not understand," Bastian added when asked specifically what he thought would be Boeing's motivation to take the fight to Bombardier over Series C. "When you have a platform that you decided 10 years ago you were not going to do it, and then you're going to try to prevent someone else from doing it? I'm confused. "
Bastian's comments occur only after the US Department of Commerce. UU It will announce preliminary tariffs of 80% and 220% on Series C aircraft in September 2017. That decision has yet to be finalized and the US International Trade Commission. UU PHOTOS:  IN PHOTOS: The Boeing lineup of commercial passenger aircraft ( the story continues below )
But the commercial complaint of Boeing already seems to have extended to international relations.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted earlier this autumn that his government might stop doing business with Boeing if the US UU They will not withdraw their commercial claim against Bombardier.
Now, there is a report this week from Reuters that Canada is ready to abandon its Boeing warplanes agreement. The package was valued between $ 5.5 billion and $ 6.3 billion, according to several media reports.
As for Bombardier, he can still reach the last barb in his battle against Boeing. Shortly after the US Department of Commerce. UU Announcing its preliminary duties, Bombardier surprised the industry by announcing that it had sold a controlling share of Series C to Airbus, Boeing's main rival. As part of the agreement, Airbus would assemble the series C aircraft sold to US airlines at its North American factory in Alabama.
Airbus would also provide support for purchases, sales and marketing for aircraft, with capacity for 100 to 150 passengers, in exchange for 50.01% of the program.
It was not clear if Bombardier would have to pay a US import tariff. UU for aircraft manufactured in the USA US, but certainly strengthened the position of the Series C since its C Series for American carriers would technically have been assembled nationally.
Boeing maintained a defiant tone in the wake of that news.
"It seems a questionable deal between two competitors heavily subsidized by the state to circumvent the recent findings of the US government," Boeing spokesman Dan Curran said in October shortly after the Bombardier deal was announced. Airbus
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Contribute: Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
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