Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today’s announcement by Bombardier Aerospace that it has secured further orders for NetJet’s Challenger 300 Series and Challenger 605 Series aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace Belfast is responsible for the design and manufacture of the centre fuselage and engine nacelles for the Challenger 605 aircraft, and the centre fuselage for the Challenger 300 business jet.
The agreement is the largest business aircraft sale in Bombardier’s history and will help to sustain jobs in its Northern Ireland operations.
Arlene Foster said: “Bombardier is a major employer in Northern Ireland and this announcement is a significant and welcome boost to the local economy. Bombardier’s agreement with NetJet is a tremendous endorsement of the technological expertise and capability available in Northern Ireland and signals the continued success of this multinational corporation.
“Invest NI has been working closely with Bombardier and other aerospace companies to support growth and ensure that the sector remains internationally competitive. The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE), which opened earlier this year, will help provide such growth opportunities and help to advance the development of innovative technologies across a range of industries.”