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Three Airbus A220s bought by Air Austral

Three Air Austral A220-300s have been ordered
Three Air Austral A220-300s have been ordered

An airline in the Indian Ocean has ordered three Airbus A220 aircraft, the wings of which are made by Bombardier in Belfast.

Air Austral is the airline for France's Reunion Island.

Bombardier employs around 3,600 people in Northern Ireland, including 1,000 working on the former C Series jets, which have been rebranded as the A220, after Airbus took on a majority stake in the series. The wings and fuselage for the jet are made in Belfast.

Christopher Buckley, executive vice-president commercial for Airbus, said: "With its unrivalled performance and operational flexibility, the A220 is the perfect aircraft for Air Austral to reinforce routes between Reunion Island and its neighbours in the Indian Ocean, as well as connecting the island further afield."

Bombardier's Belfast operation has been put on the market by it Canadian parent company, with US manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems regarded as the frontrunner to snap up the business.

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