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Dubai Airshow: Bombardier says Airbus deal means more UK work

Dubai Airshow: Bombardier says Airbus deal means more UK work
From BBC - November 12, 2017

Bombardier's sales chief has sought to reassure UK staff over the Canadian planemaker's alliance with Airbus.

Fred Cromer said last month's surprise announcement that Airbus would take control of its CSeries aircraft "would only strengthen Bombardier".

The aerospace and rail company employs 4,000 people in Belfast, with about 1,000 making CSeries wings.

Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, he said the Airbus deal meant higher production and "more wings coming out of Belfast".

"My message to all employees on the CSeries programme, and certainly in Belfast, is to keep doing what you are doing. You are producing in Belfast amazing wing technology," said the president of Bombardier's commercial aircraft division.

The aircraft is at the centre of a US-Canada dispute.

Production of the CSeries has gone over-budget and been dogged by delays. US manufacturer Boeing has complained that the aircraft is being subsidised and sold below cost in the US.

Earlier this year the US Department of Trade sided with Boeing that CSeries sales in the US should be slapped with import duties of up to 300%. A final ruling is expected early next year.

That put a question mark over the future of the programme and a sale of 75 jets to US airline Delta.

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