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Bombardier deal for Belfast aircraft parts 'still intact'

By Clare Weir

An order for 40 aircraft parts made in Belfast "remains intact" despite the buyer announcing a change in its airline strategy.

A spokesperson for Bombardier in the city, where the wings of the new CSeries aircraft are being built, spoke after US-based Republic Airways said that the aircraft are no longer a top priority as it shelves plans to compete with major names by flying full-size jetliners.

The company ordered the C300 models in a £1.77bn deal in 2010.

While Republic told investors it hasn't decided to cancel the order, it has deferred making a decision as it focuses on profitability since selling low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines last December.

Republic boss Bryan Bedford said that there was "no place to operate the CSeries" in its revised business model.

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