Delta Air CEO tells CNBC the new tariff plan on Bombardier jets is 'absurd'
Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) Chief Executive Edward Bastian said Wednesday in an interview with CNBC that the 220% tariff slapped on a new Bombardier Inc. jetliner to U.S. airlines was "absurd." The U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-to-impose-220-tariff-on-new-jets-from-canadas-bombardier-2017-09-26) late Tuesday that it would add a tariff comes after Boeing Co. (BA) filed a complaint after Bombardier sold CSeries jets to Delta last year; a final decision on the ruling is expected next year. Delta said the Boeing didn't produce a product that was comparable to Bombardier's C-series, and that Boeing had offered Delta used jets as an alternative, the CNBC report said. "We think it's absurd," Bastian told CNBC. Delta's stock dropped 1.8% in afternoon trade, while Boeing shares gained 0.7% and the S&P 500 tacked on 0.5%. The Canada-listed shares of Bombardier tumbled 8.4%.
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