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Bombardier clinches £4.5bn deal for 60 Belfast-made aircraft

The CS300

Bombardier has landed a deal for up to 60 of its Belfast-made aircraft – worth up to £4.5bn.

The aerospace giant, which employs around 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland, secured a firm order from airBaltic for 30 of its CS300 passenger jets, and the option for a further 30.

Based on book price, the deal could be worth as much as £4.5bn.

Meanwhile, Bombardier has unveiled two new luxury business jets which will be part-made in Belfast.

It will build two new private planes, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft.

The plane-maker already makes the forward fuselage, engine nacelles and other components for the Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets.

Earlier this year, Bombardier landed a contract American Airlines worth a potential £1bn for 30 regional jets, which are part-made in Belfast.

And in January, Bombardier’s Northern Ireland workforce breathed a sigh of relief when the US International Trade Commission last month ruled in its favour after a challenge by American rival Boeing. The firm had been facing a 292% tariff on the sale of its planes to the US.

Belfast Telegraph