2 OCTOBER 2017
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Tom Appleton, the man who launched the de Havilland Canada Dash 7 and with it London City Airport, has come in with some strong words following an initial decision by the US Department of Commerce to attach a 220% import tax on the Bombardier C Series which Delta Air Lines has on order.
Today, Appleton is a director (and former chairman) of Conair, the world’s largest specialist aerial firefighting company.
“Boeing’s action against the C Series may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bombardier, once the dust has settled," he said.
"Bombardier’s apparent inability to differentiate the C Series from the incumbents in the 150-220 seat market has now been accomplished overnight by its legal/political challenge. The entire airline industry now understands the C Series is very successful technically and very much appreciated by its airline operators and their customers.
"It occupies a very different market space and Boeing has given the C Series new credibility. Boeing made a big strategic mistake with the 737 MAX – it really should have created a new, clean-sheet response to the A320neo when it had the opportunity.” www.conair.ca
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