Bom­bardier air­craft ‘crit­i­cal’ for NI op­er­a­tion

The Irish Times - Business - - MARKETS - FRANCESS McDON­NELL

UK prime min­is­ter Theresa May has per­son­ally in­ter­vened to call US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to high­light how in­vest­ment and jobs in North­ern Ire­land could be im­pacted as a re­sult of al­le­ga­tions made by Boe­ing about the sale price of Bom­bardier’s C Se­ries air­craft in the US.

Bom­bardier Aero­space has warned that its C Se­ries air­craft pro­gramme is “crit­i­cal to the long term fu­ture” of its North­ern Ire­land op­er­a­tions.

Bom­bardier’s North­ern Ire­land op­er­a­tions, which em­ploy ap­prox­i­mately 4,500 peo­ple, pro­duces the wings for the C Se­ries air­craft.

There are grow­ing con­cerns that a United States Depart­ment of Com­merce in­ves­ti­ga­tion could po­ten­tially di­vert the C Se­ries air­craft pro­gramme again in Belfast.

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