Belfast Telegraph

Firm denies jet glitches to blame

By Lindsay Fergus

The reorganisation is not a consequence of glitches encountered by the CSeries scheme, including test flights, which had been suspended since the end of May due to an engine explosion, Bombardier's parent company has said.

The flight test programme for the CSeries aircraft resumed last Sunday, and the company has a total of 513 orders – of which 203 are firm and 310 are options.

Wings and other parts are produced at its factory in Belfast.

A local spokeswoman said: "Bombardier has a strong portfolio of innovative aircraft products in both the commercial and business aircraft markets, and we in Belfast continue to play a major role in these.

"As a result of the restructuring, our Belfast site will now form part of a new aerostructures and engineering services business segment, which will specialise in the design and development of complex composite and metallic structures, including wings, fuselages and engine nacelles.

"We believe the new structure will allow us to be more flexible in responding to customers' needs."

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