Delta Air Lines will take delivery of dozens of Bombardier CSeries jets during the fourth quarter of 2018. The planes will be flying by early 2019.
Delta will fit their CSeries jets with 110 seats. The new planes will be used to replace 76-seat regional jets in places where demand warrants planes with higher capacity. Delta has said that it will fly its CS100s from hubs at Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle to mid-continent points.
The prediction is the culmination of a months-long trade case that started in 2017 that saw Boeing’s request to impose high tariffs on CSeries planes fail. The American manufacturer had said that Bombardier dumped the planes on Delta, which means that Bombardier sold the CSeries planes far below regular cost in order to close a deal. Boeing said that the dumping hurt its business.
The US International Trade Commission ruled on January to block a recommendation of tariffs of nearly 300%.
Bombardier hopes to deliver up to 40 CSeries planes in 2018. In March, the manufacturer hit a four aircraft/month production rate, putting it on track to meet the goal.
Delta agreed to buy 75 CSeries jets back in 2016. In addition to its CSeries planes, Delta will take thirty one Airbus A321s, five Airbus A350-900s, and twenty three Boeing 737-900ERs this year.
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