New Bombardier CS300 airliner lands where it earned its wings
Bombardier's Belfast chief Michael Ryan has said its CSeries passenger plane is still on flight for success despite slow sales.
He spoke as employees, ministers and customers flocked to the special CSeries facility in Belfast where the CS300 aircraft was on display after flying in from the Paris Air Show. It received a special water salute on arrival at Belfast City Airport.
Around 1,000 of Bombardier's 5,500-strong Belfast workforce viewed the craft - the wings of which are manufactured in Belfast - before it was flown back to company headquarters in Canada.
Bombardier made a £520m investment in a new Belfast facility with up to 800 staff for making wings from special composite material developed and patented by the firm.
Mr Ryan said unveiling the final product was "spectacular". "It's a physical result of all the hard work our company has put in." The CSeries will enter service next year when it is flown by its first customer SWISS, a subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa. So far it has attracted 243 orders - short of a target of 300.