Described in some reports as the blind leading the blind, members of the Commerce Board panel hearing the case were said to show remarkable ignorance, having little or no idea how aircraft production or processes actually operated.
Questions were asked – some felt that the board seemed not to understand the fact that for example, Delta – who argued vociferously against Boeing – said that the competing aircraft, the 737-7Max wasn’t even considered, despite Boeing saying the CS100 was a direct competition and denied them the opportunity to compete on fair terms. Delta’s CEO was angry, saying that Boeing never offered the aircraft and Delta didn’t ask for it.
The Commerce Board unsurprisingly upheld Boeing’s claims. Boeing has deliberately made sure it has courted the Trump Administration assiduously, yesterday even sending congratulations on the passage of a tax bill that 66% of Americans think is unfair, but saved Boeing $300m.
The Commerce Board has upheld the near 300% tariffs on the CSeries – imposing them on built, part built, or kit form versions of the type, effectively making it pointless building it in the US, other than from scratch.
The Commerce Board seemed indifferent to claims that Boeing had received over $1.1 billion in illegal subsidies from Washington State.
The argument now moves to the International Trade Commission who may still overrule the Administrations decision.
In any event the ruling is a blow to Airbus, Bombardier, and 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland where the wings are made. The British and NI Governments are none too happy, and realising that it’s dealings with the US Administration need to be a lot tougher in future.
Britain and Canada are slowly coming to understand what most of us have known for years, the mythical Special Relationship, never existed and Trump’s Government is no friend.
Boeing has done enormous damage to international trade relations. People who regarded the US as a friend now realise their relationships are tenuous and that Trans-Atlantic partnerships mean nothing. Boeing’s relentless attack on Bombardier when it really has nothing to gain but a loss in reputation and goodwill, and eventually lost orders will be the result.
The worst part is up to 1000 jobs would have been created in Alabama to produce the CSeries.
The petty nature of Boeing’s attacks when it has itself accepted illegal subsidies, never mind used and adapted advanced defence technology paid for by US tax payers, in civil aircraft, just makes the company appear cynical in the extreme.