Delta to take planes at center of trade dispute after Airbus deal

Bombardier's C Series aircrafts are assembled in their plant in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada April 29, 2016.

Christinne Muschi | Reuters

Bombardier’s C Series aircrafts are assembled in their plant in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada April 29, 2016.

Delta Air Lines says the idea will still take delivery of a disputed Canadian passenger jet after European giant Airbus took a stake inside program.

The airline has been inside crosshairs in a trade conflict in which U.S. aerospace giant Boeing accused Canadian rival Bombardier of selling its completely new C Series planes to Delta below the cost of production.

The U.S. Commerce Department sided with Boeing as well as recommended a duty of 300 percent on the some 100-seat C Series planes.

Airbus late Monday announced the idea agreed to take a majority stake inside imperiled Bombardier jet program.

Delta told investors on an earnings call last week that will the idea “would certainly not pay those tariffs” as well as after the Airbus deal said the idea still “looked forward” to taking delivery of the C Series jets. the idea declined to comment further on the deal Tuesday.

Delta, which has also been an important Boeing customer in the past, argued that will Boeing no longer produces a similar product to the Bombardier jets.

The backing by Airbus, which produces the earth’s biggest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, even more closely pits the European plane-maker against Boeing.

Delta is usually unveiling its completely new Airbus A350, a widebody plane the idea intends to fly by the U.S. to Asia, on Tuesday. The twin-aisle plane is usually coming into service as Delta phases out its last Boeing 747s, the four-engine plane that will some airlines have ditched in favor of more fuel-efficient twin-engine planes.

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