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Airline in $297m order for part-Belfast built aeroplanes

By Clare Weir

ANOTHER airline has signed a deal to buy planes part-made in Belfast at the Paris Air Show.

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Lagos-based Arik Air has signed a firm contract to acquire three CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft and four Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners.

Based on the list price of the CRJ1000 NextGen and Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $297m (£189m). Arik Air currently operates four CRJ900 aircraft and two Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Bombardier's Belfast plant is responsible for the design and manufacture of a range of parts for the planes, including fuselages, engine nacelles and other components.

Earlier this week the company announced that executive aviation company VistaJet has placed a firm order for 20 Challenger 350 jets and options for an additional 20.

Bombardier said it has also received firm orders for 12 Global 8000 business jets from an undisclosed customer and that Seattle-based Horizon Air has signed a firm contract to acquire three 76-seat Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The airline also reconfirmed its options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Also during the industry shop window spectacular, Bombardier and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) announced plans to expand a cooperation deal.

It will involve sharing "commonalities" between the new C-Series – the wings of which were invented, designed and built in Belfast – and Comac's proposed C919 aircraft.

There will be no cooperation on flight testing, but rather in areas such as suppliers, customer service and some technical issues.

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Number of planes bought by Arik Air

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