Bombardier Aerospace is ramping up aircraft production and expanding its Northern Ireland manufacturing operations. The move involves a £110m investment by Bombardier at Belfast in plant, equipment, product development and training.
The expansion arises from the success of the company’s regional airliners and business jet segments, in which Bombardier is the world leader.
Significant parts of the Canadair Regional Jet airliner (CRJ), Challenger 604 intercontinental business jet and the Bombardier Global Express long-range business aircraft are designed and built in Northern Ireland.
The production rate of main components in the CRJ 100/200 series will increase significantly. Additional work will be undertaken on aircraft programmes, including the CRJ, the Challenger and Global Express.
In addition to its work for other manufacturers, the Belfast operation designs and produces major structures for seven Bombardier aircraft: the Global Express, Challenger, Learjet 45 and Continental business jets; the CRJ 100/200 and 700 Series jet airliners, and Dash 8 Q400 turboprop airliner.
Since acquiring the Belfast operations from the UK government in 1989, Bombardier has invested significantly in facilities, equipment, training and new product development. Its Belfast-based workforce will grow by 1,200, or 20% over the next two years.
Investment £110m; 1,200 jobs created; completion date 2003.
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