Egyp­tian order of Bom­bardier air­craft good news for Belfast

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - FRANCESS McDON­NELL

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.

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