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US firm Air Lease orders 50 Airbus jets - wings made in Northern Ireland

The Airbus A220 100 and 300 models
The Airbus A220 100 and 300 models
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

A US aircraft leasing company has ordered 50 Airbus A220-300 jets, which features wings made in Northern Ireland.

Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation announced its letter of intent for a total of 100 Airbus aircraft on the first day of the Paris Air Show.

The company has now ordered 387 Airbus aircraft since 2010, but it’s the first time it has placed an order for the A220.

The aircraft, formerly known as the Bombardier C-Series before Airbus acquired a majority stake last year, had a backlog of orders for 536 planes at the end of May.

The new order comes just weeks after Bombardier put its Northern Ireland and Moroccan aerostructures divisions up for sale. The A220 wing programme is expected to be included in the deal.

Around 3,600 are employed across Bombardier’s facilities in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Dunmurry and Newtownards.

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