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Bombardier calls proposed 220 percent U.S duty on CSeries jets 'absurd'

A logo of jet manufacturer Bombardier is pictured on their booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc on Tuesday called a 220 percent preliminary anti-subsidy duty slapped by the U.S. Commerce Department on its CSeries jets “absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs.”

The U.S. decision, which is subject to a final ruling in 2018, follows a complaint by planemaker Boeing Co. which charged that the aircraft were unfairly subsidized by Canada.

Reporting By Allison Lampert; Editing by Sandra Maler

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