Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier sales help UK aircraft deliveries to their best month ever

By John Mulgrew

The delivery of three of Bombardier's part-Belfast made passenger planes has helped UK aircraft deliveries soar to a new height of £2.8bn last month.

November saw deliveries take 2017 figures to 1,285 aircraft, 23 above the record rate, including three Bombardier C Series passenger jets, according to trade organisation ADS.

"With Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier announcing major orders at November's Dubai Airshow, order books are also above 2016 levels, as the ongoing trend of rising demand around the world continues," ADS said.

ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Around the world the aerospace industry is benefiting from rising demand, and UK production is rising to meet it.

"The UK is playing a vital role in this success, with the aircraft delivered so far this year worth £25bn to our economy, spreading prosperity and creating high value jobs right across the country.

"While Brexit is creating headwinds and there are challenges from international competitors, this sector is set to continue its upward trajectory."

He added: "I am confident UK aerospace and its highly skilled workforce will deliver another record year for aircraft production in 2017."

Last week, union leaders warned that jobs could be "crushed" after the US Department of Commerce, headed by Wilbur Ross, enforced a massive near-300% tariff on the sale of Bombardier's planes partly made in Belfast.

Bombardier employs around 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland who build the wings and part of the fuselage of the C Series jets.

Boss Alain Bellemare said the decision was "ridiculous" and claimed there was "no case" for rival Boeing's complaint.

Earlier this year, Boeing took a challenge over sale of the planes in the US. It claimed the jets were unfairly subsidised by the Canadian government and the firm was "dumping aircraft" by selling them below cost.

Bombardier is now tying up with aviation giant Airbus in a bid to avoid the tariffs by assembling the aircraft in an Airbus plant in America.

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