Bombardier is countersuing a US businessman and politician who is suing the manufacturer for breach of contract.

Former Congressman Michael Huffington alleges that Bombardier did not respond adequately to delays in delivery of his Global Express ultra-long-range business jet in November 1998.

Bombardier has launched a countersuit accusing Huffington of making unreasonable demands when the company attempted to reschedule the delivery. The aircraft was struck by lightning while undergoing repairs.

Despite undertaking repairs, Bombardier says it offered Huffington a replacement aircraft if he did not wish to accept the damaged one.

Huffington paid $12.6 million towards the total agreed purchase price of $29.75 million by December when both parties terminated the sales agreement.

Source: Flight International