Canada-based Bombardier Aerospace launched the CRJ900 Series of regional airliners at the Farnborough air show this week – leading to 400 new jobs at its Shorts subsidiary in Belfast.
Shorts will build the centre fuselage and engine nacelles of the 86-seat airliner, as it does for two other Bombardier regional jets.
Bombardier would not put a value on the aerospace parts work to be carried out by Shorts, but its Northern Irish subsidiary said that its involvement in the CRJ900 project would lead to the creation of 400 new jobs in Belfast in addition to 1,200 new jobs announced in May.
Brit Air of France has ordered four CRJ900s, with an option for eight more. Austria’s Tyrolean Airways has also signed a letter of agreement for 12 CRJ900s and Spain’s Nostrum has signed an agreement for eight aircraft.
These orders are in addition to a previously announced contract from GE Capital Aviation Services for 10 aircraft, with an option on another 20. Bombardier said the orders are together worth around £666m, and are among 142 orders for new aircraft worth around £2bn announced this week.
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