JetBlue Airways Corp.is urging US regulators to reject Boeing Co.'s fair-trade complaints against Bombardier Inc.as the New York-based airline considers adding new planes to its fleet.
Bombardier's thousands of Northern Ireland workers are "holding their breath" as they await an initial decision on whether a massive legal challenge over the sale of the firm's C Series jets to the USA by rival Boeing will be successful. Boeing said the firm was "dumping" them on the USA market by selling them below cost price and benefiting from subsidies.
JetBlue's fleet includes both Airbus and Embraer jets.
In his letter, Hayes urged the commission "to reject the petitions and permit free and unfettered competition in the aircraft manufacturing sector". It's at least the third airline to file a letter in support of Bombardier that doesn't operate its planes, following Spirit Airlines Inc. and Sun Country Airlines Inc.
Hayes said JetBlue is monitoring the CSeries developments because of the plane's interior which has won praise and its engine which reduces operating costs.
The U.S. Commerce Department will release a preliminary ruling Tuesday on whether to impose countervailing duties on Bombardier.
If successful, it could scupper a multi-billion deal with Delta for up to 125 aircraft, effectively price out and cut off its largest market, the USA, and lead to hundreds of job losses. One of the authors moved to the region some years ago while the other was born and raised in Quebec.