Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier orders set to take off with 35 jets planned for year

By John Mulgrew

Bombardier could be set to deliver up to 35 of its commercial aircraft this year, an industry body has predicted.

ADS also said that the UK aerospace industry is off to a solid start, with fresh figures showing deliveries of 100 aircraft with a value of up to £2bn in February.

But while Bombardier did not deliver any planes last month - with 51 Boeing and 49 Airbus being sold - the group is predicting the Canadian aerospace giant, which employs around 5,000 staff in Northern Ireland, will deliver 30 to 35 aircraft in 2017.

That figured is based on orders so far, but it could rise during the course of the year. Meanwhile, Bombardier's flagship CSeries jets - which are partly made in Belfast - will soon become the largest commercial aircraft capable of landing at London City Airport.

The CS100 completed a series of trials at the airport last week.

Speaking about the latest commercial aircraft sales, Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, said: "Today's figures demonstrate continued success for the UK aerospace industry.

"It also highlights the good prospects for the rest of 2017.

"The industry is looking to build on 2016's record year for deliveries, as all major aircraft companies look to increase their production rates. "

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