A LUXEMBOURG airline has agreed to buy planes part-made in Belfast, in a deal which could eventually be worth up to £40m.
Luxair, the national airline of the Grand Duchy, has placed a firm order for a Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner and has also taken an option for an additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline currently operates six Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft.
The firm order is valued at approximately $32.2m (£20m), which could jump to $65.8m (£41m) should Luxair take up the option.
Workers at Bombardier Aero make the mid fuselage and wing mounted flight components.
The announcement increases firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops to 476 aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 243m passengers and have logged over 4.2m flight hours. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes some 50 customers and operators in over 30 countries.
Mike Arcamone, president at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said: "The Q400 NextGen aircraft have helped position Luxair as a leader in the short to medium-haul market segment and we're delighted Luxair has been experiencing success with its fleet."