Potential U.S. tariffs against Airbus would hit Delta hard

Atlanta, Georgia - The U.S. tariffs against Airbus due to so-called unfair aircraft subsidies by the European Union, would hit Delta Air Lines severely.

Delta Air Lines is the second largest airline in the United States in terms of passengers carried per year. The U.S. carrier has already order agreements of several billion dollars firmed up with the European aircraft manufacturer.

If the import tariffs are put into effect, it would cause serious harm to Delta Air Lines since the airline was contractually bound to pay for any tariffs forced by the U.S. government.

“It will not punish the foreign producer because we can’t avoid those orders now,” Delta Associate General Counsel Scott McClain said.

"Instead, it would force Delta to pay an unexpected tax that would harm the airline, its employees and its customers," McClain added.

In total, Delta has 275 Airbus aircraft in its order book waiting to be delivered including 79 Airbus A220, 49 A321-200, 100 Airbus A321neo, 35 A330-900, and 12 A350-900.