Boeing has commented that it will not have the opportunity to grow its supply base, industrial partnerships and jobs in Canada as a result of the Canadian government’s decision to purchase used F/A-18 ‘Classic’ Hornet fighter jets.
Canada last week decided to purchase used F/A-18 Hornet jets from the Royal Australian Air Force in lieu of new Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing.
A Boeing statement said; The Boeing Company respects the Canadian government’s decision and applauds the government’s continued use of a two engine fighter solution, which is a critical part of their northern Arctic border defense, NORAD cooperation, and coast to coast to coast security.
“Although we will not have the opportunity to grow our supply base, industrial partnerships and jobs in Canada the way we would if Canada purchased new Super Hornets, we will continue to look to find productive ways to work together in the future.”
The statement added, “our commitment to creating a level playing field in aerospace remains. Therefore, we will continue to support all efforts to build an environment of free and fair competition marked by compliance with agreed upon rules.”
Boeing is at the center of a dispute between the Canadian and US governments over the latter’s decision to impose duties on the sale of Bombardier aircraft in the US on grounds that Canada subsidizes its aircraft manufacturer.