Bombardier secures $1.4bn deal to sell 30 jets to American Airlines
Aerospace giant Bombardier has won a deal worth a potential $1.4bn to sell up to 30 regional jets part-made in Belfast to American Airlines.
The deal is good news for Bombardier’s Northern Ireland workforce of around 4,500 people.
The main body, engine casing and wing components for the CRJ900 are manufactured in Belfast.
American Airlines has made a firm order for 15 CRJ900, with the option to buy 15 more. Bombardier said the firm deal was worth $719m.
The deal was announced as Bombardier revealed a 12% increase in revenues to $4bn.
And its first quarter results also reveal that its tie-in with rival Airbus is expected to close before the end of June, ahead of schedule.
The companies announced a deal last year for a joint venture for the production of the C Series, a narrow-bodied passenger jet. Its wings are made in Belfast.
“We are pleased with American’s continued confidence in Bombardier and the CRJ900 aircraft,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“This order is a testament to the tremendous value that the CRJ Series provides to airlines in the North American regional market. With its outstanding economics and new cabin design, the CRJ900 continues to offer unique revenue growth opportunities, while delivering the most modern regional jet cabin features in line with today’s trends and requirements.”
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson welcomed the order.
The DUP MP said: “This is great news for Bombardier to secure an order worth over half a billion pounds and obviously also for the plant and workforce in Belfast.
"Whilst the focus has been mainly on the more recent C-Series planes it is important to recognise the other aircraft which are still being manufactured and sold. These all contribute to the success of the company.
"There have been a number of recent orders secured by Bombardier and I hope this is a sign of things to come.”
Sinn Fein councillor Mairéad O’Donnell said: "Bombardier is a huge employer here and is a massive part of our economy so today’s news that they have secured a $719m deal to sell up to 30 of its CRJ900 jets to American Airlines will be welcomed by many in Belfast and across the north.”
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