Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Decision due on C-Series aircraft factory location

Lufthansa's subsidiary, Swiss International Air Lines, will be the launch customer for the Bombardier C-Series aircraft

Construction work on Shorts’ new factory will commence within the next few months, the company has revealed.

The Belfast-based aerospace manufacturer, which is owned by Canadian giant Bombardier, said the factory for the new C-Series jet will be started shortly, once the final decision on its location is taken.

Shorts will fabricate and assemble the advanced composite wings for the new C-Series aircraft at the planned new 700,000 sq ft facility.

A spokeswoman for Shorts’ said no exact date had been chosen to start work on the factory as Bombardier hasn’t chosen the site yet.

While it is not thought that Shorts’ still requires planning permission, the spokeswoman said there were “a few issues” still to be resolved.

“The company’s preference is to build close to our existing site at Queen’s Island,” she said. A total investment of $320m (£ m) will be made on the factory — $120m on the construction, $120m for the equipment to be housed in it and $80m on the test and demonstrator programme for the C-Series wings which will be built there.

Bombardier last week announced Lufthansa had signed up as the launch customer for the C-Series aircraft with an order for 30 of the jets. When the C-Series programme is at full production it will sustain 800 jobs in Belfast.

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