Back then Bombardier pledged a £520 million investment, the largest single inward investment in the North, to support the research, design, manufacture and assembly of the C Series aircraft wings in Belfast.
Hundreds of Bombardier’s Northern Ireland employees have been involved in the aircraft programme so far. The Canadian group hope that the C-Series will generate more than 800 jobs during peak production – but that is still up in the air.
Bombardier is to cut 1,000 jobs in the North over the next two years.
However there is no doubt that the C-Series and Bombardier’s other key commercial and business aircraft programmes are helping to support hundreds of other jobs in the North through its supply chain.
Bombardier has a European supply chain totalling 900 firms – last year alone the aerospace group awarded around £85 million to its Northern Ireland suppliers.
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Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London