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Boeing feud with Bombardier shows hypocrisy | Washington Times

So why would Boeing file such an unprincipled complaint against Bombardier, and why now? The why is straightforward: the complaint is a chance to crush a potential future competitor with the blunt instrument of U.S. trade law. Even though Bombardier doesn’t today have a competing aircraft, Boeing thinks they might one day.

As for the why now — since the C Series order from Delta Air Lines was announced in the spring of 2016 — the answer may lie in the current political climate. In the broader context of North American trade renegotiation, the political atmosphere seems to have overshadowed the hard facts of aircraft pricing. Boeing’s complaint comes at a sensitive time within a window of NAFTA renegotiation. U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade has received more attention than it has in decades.

Adding irony to the NAFTA argument is the fact that more than 55 percent of the C Series’ components are sourced from U.S.-based suppliers. So it really isn’t about U.S. jobs. The C Series supports thousands of them. It is about a very large and successful company seizing the political opportunity to try to drive a potential future competitor out of the market.

Boeing’s complaint is discouraging to both analysts and consumers. Not only does the complaint refuse to acknowledge the fact that Boeing does not compete within the same market segment that Bombardier is attempting to enter with the C Series, but it also seeks to punish Bombardier for engaging in precisely the same pricing practices it uses itself. Moreover, it seeks to quash the spirit of innovation Bombardier has shown in its attempt to meet a need requested by consumers: short haul capacity for point to point routes.

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