Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

£60m deal lifts shorts

Shorts in Belfast received a boost today when Bombardier, its parent company, announced the signing of a £60m order for new aircraft.

The deal with Adria Airways from Slovenia is for three CRJ Next Gen regional aircraft, key components for which are manufactured at Bombardier-Shorts.

Shorts is responsible for the design and manufacture of the centre fuselage, nacelles and wing components for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

The Belfast plant also hopes to be involved in producing the fuselage, nacelles and wing components for a stretch version, the 100-seat CRJ1000 NextGen, which was launched in February.

The order from Adria is for two CRJ900 and one CRJ1000 aircraft, and it is the fourth airline to sign up for a CRJ1000.

Adria, a Star Alliance regional carrier, has been a Bombardier customer since 1997 when it placed an order for two CRJ200 50-passenger regional jets.

It currently operates seven of these aircraft as well as two 86-seat CRJ900 jets.

"The CRJ900 jet has allowed us to increase capacity beyond 50 seats and replace our larger jets on routes with insufficient capacity for them," said Tadej Tufek, the Adria CEO.

Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Regional Aircraft, said he was pleased to welcome Adria as its newest CRJ1000 customer.