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Bombardier slashes number of CSeries plane deliveries due to engine delay

By John Mulgrew

Published 06/09/2016

Swiss Air is the first airline to fly Bombardier’s CSeries planes
Swiss Air is the first airline to fly Bombardier’s CSeries planes

Bombardier will deliver just half the number its flagship CSeries passenger jets this year due to engine delays.

The wings and part of the fuselage are made in Belfast, where the Canadian-owned firm employs around 5,000 staff.

But now the plane maker says it will only deliver seven aircraft this year, instead of 15, due to delays with engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

Bombardier has said it has adjusted its “CSeries delivery forecast from 15 to seven aircraft as a result of engine delivery delays by its supplier Pratt & Whitney.”

Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier commercial aircraft, said:

“We are very pleased with the performance of the CSeries during its entry-into-service with our launch customer SWISS,” said  “The aircraft is meeting all expectations and clearly demonstrating that it is the best performing and most efficient aircraft in the 100- to 150-seat class.”

“The C Series engine is performing very well in service. We are working very closely with Pratt & Whitney to quickly address this supplier ramp-up issue and to ensure we have a strong supplier base to support our long-term growth objectives,” Mr Cromer said.

“We are very confident in our production ramp-up plan, including our ability to meet our production goal of 90 to 120 aircraft per year by 2020.”

Last month the manufacturer said it was bringing forward 95 planned redundancies.

More than 700 staff are due to go this year, with 1,080 planned by 2017.

Bombardier in east Belfast, along with other sites, produces a range of aircraft parts including the wings and fuselage of the flagship CSeries passenger jet.

And last month the Belfast Telegraph revealed Bombardier is moving some of its operations away from Northern Ireland to cheaper countries including Mexico and Morocco.

It confirmed the transfer of "certain activities" it said it was "unable to undertake competitively in Northern Ireland".

It added while it had undertaken "major investment in Northern Ireland" over the years and will "continue to focus on high-value, high-complexity production", it must balance its costs with sites in

Mexico and Morocco to "help to optimise our manufacturing footprint and ensure the future success of our business overall".

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