A real Twelfth celebration. Three cautious cheers for Bombardier

And what about the effects of  Brexit?  The Irish Times takes forward the story reported by CBC Canada. Many thanks to Quebec, despite its secessionist tendencies.

 

The SWISS air flight on Friday also represents an important next stage of the C-Series journey that began for Northern Ireland at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK in 2008.

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.

 

More news about those suppliers.

 

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  • doopa

    Let’s hope the balance of those supply chain firms aren’t in the Eurozone and that the majority of Bombardiers exports are in the Eurozone. Sterling wobbling aside it’s great to see some ambition in the local engineering firms as they seek to establish themselves globally.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    A little back history helps to shed a bit more light on the realities here. Bombardier entered competition with Boeing and Airbus for smaller singe isle passenger aircraft with the “C” series. This has long been recognised as a shrinking market, and as if this was not something of a miscalculation in itself, the endless delays that have dogged the “C” series programme has meant that orders placed by airlines have been gathering dust since September 2014, while Bombardier has been requiring massive bailouts and has selling off portions of their other business concerns simply to stay afloat. A three year delay in the “C” series programme ensured that Boeing and Airbus could respond by effecting serious discount deals on their own aircraft in order to absorb the market in orders from airlines unwilling to accept these endless delays Bombardier expected them to put up with. This has sliced a major cut of “C” series orders in what is already a rapidly shrinking market.

    I know that companies such as Bombardier need to present a belligerent front against what appears to be almost insurmountable difficulties here, but with the mention of £520 Million investment, we should not forget that this needs to be contextualised against this record of the companies woeful performance over recent years. It’s one thing for journalists writing up the company to offer us this narrative, but it should not simply be accepted at face value without looking deeper into the situation. “Cautious” cheers is perhaps understating it!

  • hgreen

    Apparently the seats are wider in response to the worldwide obesity epidemic. Hope the tyres are reinforced as well.

  • Gopher

    The growth in the single aisle market is mainly in Asia. Europe unfortunately has a great redundancy of long cold war era runways which are now Airports that helps Airbus and Boeing sell single Aisle jets to the budget airlines. (Boeing also militarized their single aisle jet which is a stealth subsidy) The C Series is suited to the tight urban runways like London Docklands and the feeder airports of Urban USA which is why I imagine Delta want 75 of them.

  • aquifer

    Short take off and cheap to run, the C series can expand the reach of air travel to new populations. Not good news for climate change, but should provide an economic boost.