Posted on Tuesday 10 July 2018 by John Mulgrew

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Bombardier’s part-Belfast made C Series aircraft have been rebranded and renamed following its fresh tie-up with Airbus.

The A220 aircraft replaces the Bombardier CS100 and CS300 planes, after French aerospace giant took on a majority shareholding in the former C Series aircraft production.

Bombardier employs around 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland.

In January, Bombardier’s Northern Ireland workforce breathed a sigh of relief when the US International Trade Commission last month ruled in its favour after a challenge by American rival Boeing. The firm had been facing a 292% tariff on the sale of its planes to the US.

Airbus officially took a 50.01% stake in the C Series on July 1, with Bombardier retaining 34%.

Speaking during an event on Wednesday at Bombardier's Mirabel plant in Montreal, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders told reporters: "Our top priority is selling the aircraft like crazy."

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