A senior airline official said on Wednesday that the U.S. imposition of tariffs against the European Union over aircraft subsidies would cause “serious harm” to Delta Air Lines.
Scott McClain, Delta Associate General Counsel said the harm would be obvious since the U.S. carrier was already under contract to buy several billion dollars worth of Airbus aircraft.
McClain told a hearing that the airline was contractually obligated to pay for any tariffs imposed.
He said the U.S. tariffs “will not punish the foreign producer because we can’t avoid those orders now.”
Instead, it would force Delta to pay what he called an “unexpected tax” that would harm the airline, its employees and its customers.