Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier sales make up £2.4bn of UK deliveries

By John Mulgrew

The delivery of one of Bombardier's C Series jets made up a total of £2.4bn worth of completed orders for the UK aerospace sector last month.

Swiss Air took delivery of a new CS300 in October, according to industry body ADS.

This year, Bombardier delivered eight CS300s and three CS100 passenger planes, which are part-made in Belfast.

And Bombardier orders helped fuel £63bn worth of deals for more than 700 aircraft at this year's Dubai Airshow.

Among them, Bombardier landed a potential £1.7bn deal for up to 24 of its jets.

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.

ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The global aerospace industry is on an upward trajectory and companies in the UK are an integral part of its ongoing success.

"With £22bn in value to the UK from more than 1,100 aircraft delivered this year, aerospace is making an ever greater contribution to our national prosperity.

"Our aerospace industry is the envy of our global competitors, which is why the Government must act now to help UK companies drive forward further productivity improvements, making sure the UK aerospace sector can continue to grow and compete despite Brexit uncertainties."

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the Government will continue to work to protect more than 4,000 employees at Bombardier's plants here, who are facing an uncertain future after a ruling by the Trump administration's Department of Commerce.

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