First Minister Rt Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA and Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster have both welcomed a new series of multi-million orders by Bombardier Aerospace.
China Express Airlines has confirmed an order for six CRJ900 NextGen regional jets valued at some $260 million dollars. A second order has also been placed for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners by a different but unidentified customer.
Bombardier in Belfast is responsible for the complete centre fuselage, engine nacelles and flight components for the CRJ900 It also designs and produces the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft.
Welcoming the announcement First Minister Rt Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA said: “Bombardier is one of Northern Ireland’s major employers and this announcement is a significant boost to the local economy.
“These orders are a tremendous endorsement of the technological expertise and capability available here and signals the continued success of this multinational corporation.”
Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster said: “Invest NI continues to work closely with Bombardier and other aerospace companies to help them grow and develop and ensure that the sector remains internationally competitive.
“Since the original CSeries investment was announced in 2008, over 60 companies in Northern Ireland have benefitted. I am confident that, as the CSeries and Learjet 85 programmes progress, even more locally based firms will benefit from the associated supply chain opportunities.”