Airbus majority stake in Belfast built C Series is 'game changing'
Airbus has described its acquisition of the Belfast-built C Series aircraft as "game changing".
The European aerospace giant assumed 50.01% ownership of the jet on Sunday, adding it to its product offering. Bombardier retains a 34% stake while Investissement Québec, the government owned body which supports businesses in Canada, retains a 16% share.
Airbus has yet to comment on the reports that it will rename the C Series in line with its existing branded aircraft. Bloomberg has reported that the CS100 and CS300 would be branded as the A210 and A230.
But Bombardier has said that its 1,000 Belfast workers who make the wings are unlikely to see any change. A spokeswoman said: "We will continue to supply the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). There is no change anticipated here as a result of the partnership."
A spokesman for Airbus said: "We are delighted to count the C Series as an Airbus product offering. The partnership with CSALP will greatly accelerate the commercial success of the C Series and ensure this game-changing aircraft realizes its full potential globally."
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Irish aircraft-painting specialist Maas Aviation is set to announce more jobs at its operation in Mobile, Alabama to support the expansion of the Airbus and Bombardier partnership.
The main C Series assembly line will remain in Montreal, but a second final assembly line, aimed at supplying US-based customers, is being added in Alabama. C Series Vice President Rob Dewar said last week that construction could start on the new line later this year, with jets rolling out from mid 2020.