Posted on Monday 18 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Trent 700

Bombardier repairs the inlet cowl for the Trent 700 engine nacelle in Belfast.

Bombardier has signed a new eight-year contract to undertake repair work for Oman Air, the latest in a string of positive announcements for its operations in Northern Ireland.

The contract will see the aerospace manufacturer undertake all repair work on Rolls-Royce Trent 700 inlet cowls for Oman Air's fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft.

Canada-headquartered Bombardier did not disclose the value of the contract, but it is understood to be worth several million dollars and will provide a boost to the company's Belfast operations.

Bombardier has three dedicated repair and overhaul facilities, one in Dallas, Texas, one in Wichita, Kansas, and a third in Belfast.

It established the dedicated nacelles manufacturing and component repair facility at Doagh Road in Newtownabbey in 2012. The facility, which houses 300 employees, supplies engine nacelles to Bombardier, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and other customers, as well as supporting these products with a range of international airlines.

The new agreement demonstrates Bombardier's "market-leading repair capability on the Trent 700 inlet cowl," backed by 20 years' experience in designing, developing and manufacturing the product, the company said.

"We are constantly drawing on our original equipment manufacturing expertise to engineer innovative repair solutions at our Belfast-based Component, Repair and Overhaul facility," said Stephen Addis, General Manager for Bombardier Aerostructures and Services in Belfast.

"This agreement with Oman Air illustrates Bombardier's commitment to expanding and developing our presence in the Gulf region, and our ability to support the growing aviation sector there," he added.

At last month's investment conference Bombardier announced plans to create 250 new jobs in Belfast across its various aircraft programmes.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the latest contract announcement.

Speaking from the Bombardier stand at the Dubai Air Show, she said: "Today's announcement signals the continued success of Bombardier's expanding component repair and overhaul business centred at its new facility in Newtownabbey, from which it is servicing a wide range of international customers."

The Minister added: "Bombardier has been providing a full range of maintenance support for more than 20 years in Belfast, and this announcement highlights their commitment to offering comprehensive aftermarket support solutions. It also endorses Bombardier Belfast's ability to offer local repair solutions at competitive prices to the company's growing customer base.

"Over recent years, Invest Northern Ireland has been working closely with aerospace companies to support growth and ensure that the sector remains internationally competitive. I am confident Northern Ireland's aerospace sector will continue to build on its growing reputation for excellence in the future."



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