Posted on Sunday 29 July 2018 by John Mulgrew


Bombardier’s part-Belfast made passenger jets made up more than 165 commercial aircraft deliveries for the UK industry last month.

A total of three C Series planes, now rebranded as the Airbus A220 following its tie-up with the French aerospace giant, made up deliveries in June, according to figures from ADS.

It comes after Bombardier landed a series of new major orders.

That includes a potential £8bn deal for up to 120 of its newly rebranded A220 passenger planes.

US low-cost carrier JetBlue has placed a firm order for 60 A220-300s, formerly the CS300. It’s a deal worth £4bn ($5.4bn).

But it says it could purchase a further 60 planes from 2025 onwards.

The first six months of 2018 saw a record 693 aircraft deliveries, 28 more than the first half of last year, according to ADS.

Meanwhile, the value of 2018 deliveries so far worth up to £13bn to the UK aerospace industry.

“The UK aerospace industry is thriving as the global industry sets new record for orders and deliveries in the first half of 2018,” ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said.

“It is hugely encouraging to see the continued growth in demand for new aircraft and engines.

“This month at Farnborough International Airshow we saw deals worth $192bn announced helping to give the UK supply chain the confidence to invest in new capability and capacity.

“The UK aerospace industry is working closely with Government to ensure we remain a globally competitive location for production, research and innovation.

“The Aerospace Growth Partnership and the Aerospace Technology Institute are playing important roles in securing new investment, despite Brexit headwinds.”



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