Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier in Northern Ireland to make new nacelles for Airbus jets

By John Mulgrew

Bombardier's Northern Ireland workforce has been selected by its new business partners Airbus to build engine nacelles for its latest line of aircraft.

Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services will supply a new engine nacelle programme for the Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo family of aircraft.

The nacelle covers and contains parts of the aircraft, including the engine.

Bombardier is already a supplier to Airbus on a number of programmes.

"(the) Belfast operation has extensive nacelle experience and expertise, having accumulated more than 40 years in the design, development, manufacture and support of aircraft engine nacelle.” the aerospace giant said.

The Canadian-owned giant, which employs around 4,000 workers here, has now tied up with Airbus in a bid to flout potentially hugely damaging tariffs on the sale of its C Series passenger planes to the US.

Stephen Addis, vice president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a supplier on this new nacelle, which will enable us to build on the relationship we already have with Airbus.

“This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market and to focus on delivering innovative, higher value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”

In September, the US Department of Commence (DoC) announced its intention to impose trade tariffs of 220% on Canadian-based Bombardier's C Series jets, after Boeing claimed the firm had received excessive government support which gave an unfair business advantage in breach of trading regulations.

A further 80% tariff was proposed in October, raising concerns that job cuts could follow at the Belfast site.

A final ruling is expected in the new year.

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