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First Bombardier C Series passenger jet is unveiled


The first C Series jet in Swiss International Air Lines livery

The first C Series jet in Swiss International Air Lines livery

The first C Series jet in Swiss International Air Lines livery

Bombardier has rolled out the first of its C Series passenger jets - donning the Swiss International Air Lines livery.

Swiss is taking delivery of the first of 30 of the CS100 jets, which are part-made in Belfast.

Rob Dewar, vice-president of the C Series jet programme, said: "The aircraft build has been moving along steadily and smoothly and we watched as she carefully rolled out of the paint shop. Painting an aircraft is a complex chemical process that must be executed flawlessly.

"This is probably the most artistic and emotional step in the whole build process because it is so visual and it is always a pleasure to watch airlines dazzle when they see their first aircraft in their brand colours."

The production of wings for the C Series is Northern Ireland's biggest-ever inward investment programme, worth £520m.

And the latest progress in the C Series development comes after Bombardier's Belfast workforce received a much-needed shot in the arm.

Bombardier's largest single order for its new passenger jets to Delta Airlines could be worth around £400m to the aerospace giant's Belfast workforce.

The Canadian-owned firm secured a deal to sell 75 of its CS100 jets to Delta Airlines, with the potential for a further 50 orders.

It's a much-needed contract, valued at close to £4bn.

Bombardier employs around 5,000 staff here. And it has grown its team working on the C Series. It was originally producing just the wings for both the CS100 and CS300 jets. But it has grown to building the fuselages for the planes.

The latest deal comes at a key time for the business, after the company revealed it was cutting 1,080 jobs here over a two-year period.

Earlier this month, Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare said the firm was eyeing up the Chinese market in a bid to increase sales of its passenger jets.