Egyptian order of Bombardier aircraft good news for Belfast
An order worth $1.1 billion for 12 Bombardier C-Series aircraft from Egypt’s national airline is a welcome confidence boost for Bombardier’s workforce in Northern Ireland, but the Canadian aerospace group needs to keeping winning major deals to keep production lines busy in the North, a union leader has warned.
Davy Thompson of Unite said the latest order for 12 CS300 Bombardier aircraft from the EgyptAir Holding Company is a positive signal for Northern Ireland. EgyptAir has signed a a letter of intent for up to 24 CS300 aircraft which includes12 CS300 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft. If the Egyptian airline buys all 24 aircraft the value of the contract could soar to nearly $2.2 billion.
But Mr Thompson has also warned that significant issues remain on the horizon for Bombardier’s operations in the North.
Bombardier is in the process of cutting 280 jobs at its factories in the North, and the group is still fighting a ruling from the US Commerce Department that could see import duties of 300 per cent imposed on every CSeries aircraft sold in the US.