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Boeing Not Changing Strategy After Airbus, Bombardier Partnership

USA Today (10/25, Jansen) reports, “Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Wednesday there is no reason to change planes for the 737 to compete against C Series planes with less than 150 seats from a partnership of Airbus and Bombardier.” It quotes Muilenberg saying, “We have a strong strategy in place. We don’t need to change the path we’re on.” The article adds, “Delta Air Lines plans to buy 75 of the C Series jets, though the order has faced uncertainty since Boeing lodged a trade complaint against Bombardier alleging the product line was unfairly subsidized by the Canadian government.” Last week, “European manufacturer Airbus acquired a majority stake in the C Series program, saying it would build some of the C Series planes at its new factory in Mobile, Alabama.” Bloomberg News (10/25, Tomesco) quotes Muilenberg saying, “Recent changes in the marketplace, the discussions between Airbus and Bombardier, don’t change our plans. We will continue to look at our strategic alternatives.” He adds, “We’re going to continue to look at ways to accelerate our core business, grow organically as our primary growth engine.” Reuters (10/25) also reports.