Shorts order cooks up £60m bonus

Belfast aerospace firm Shorts will receive a £50 60m share of work from the largest-ever sale of the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Shorts builds the CRJ’s centre fuselage, various wing parts and engine nacelles. Shorts’ parent company, Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace, announced last Friday that it had won the order from Northwest Airlines of the US. […]

Belfast aerospace firm Shorts will receive a £50 60m share of work from the largest-ever sale of the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ).

Shorts builds the CRJ’s centre fuselage, various wing parts and engine nacelles.

Shorts’ parent company, Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace, announced last Friday that it had won the order from Northwest Airlines of the US.

The airline is buying 54 CRJ Series 200LR airliners, with options for up to 70 more of the 50-seat CRJs, in a C$1.3bn (£797m) deal.

Bombardier agreed to provide lease-financing for these airliners on what Northwest called: ‘favourable terms’.

Shorts’ CRJ parts deal was signed in 1990. Some 600 workers in Belfast work on CRJ and around 90 ship-sets of aircraft parts are sent to Canada each year.