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.


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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