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Figuring Out Bombardier

By Dave Carr

I’m trying to figure out the Canadian government’s continued  staunch defense of Bombardier.  Yes, I knew this once as a proud, innovative, uniquely Canadian company.   So what happened?  Well, lots  --   but most recently, this mess with both the Canadian and Quebec governments and then, the giant Boeing Corporation.    As best I can figure out, Bombardier has been making a quite wonderful but overpriced  airplane, its C-series passenger jet.   But it hadn’t sold any till earlier this year, when Delta Airlines came calling with a bargain basement, fire sale offer.  Bombardier jumped, and sold jets to Delta in the U.S. at some ridiculously low cost.  Boeing objected.  Why? Well, it turns out that there are three aircraft of roughly the same size --  the Airbus 319, the Boeing 737 and the slightly smaller Bombardier C-series. What Boeing sees is a passenger jet that could be stretched to compete with its amazingly successful 737.  But if Bombardier was going to sell jets into the U.S. at rock bottom prices, Boeing was bound to object.   It’s not dumping, but if Bombardier is desperate enough to let its product go so cheaply, you have to know tariffs and more would not be far behind.  Much was made of Boeing’s villainy.  I’m not so sure it wasn’t kind of the other way around, and Airbus fingers may have been in the pie as well.   Now, with its Airbus deal, Bombardier appears as little more than a subsidiary of that giant, and is making airplanes in Alabama, for goodness sake, and Ireland.  It makes, we are told, a very, very good airplane, but in a design that just does not fit world airline’s profit tracks…too roomy, too comfortable, just too….nice.  And now, to me, from the family out to the factory floor  --  in Alabama  --   it no longer fits my model of a Canadian company worth millions from Quebec and Canada.


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