Posted on Tuesday 30 April 2019 by John Mulgrew

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Demand for Bombardier’s part-Belfast made passenger jets will continue to increase and helps “demonstrate there is a life beyond whatever the name above the door might be”, it’s been claimed.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of aviation group ADS, was speaking to Ulster Business about the performance of the firm, following on from its tie-up with Airbus last year. Hundreds of workers build the wings and part of the fuselage for the A220 passenger jets.

“I pay credit to Michael Ryan. They have created capability in the plant and around the business,” Mr Everitt said. “They are winning business, not just from Bombardier, but from external customers as well. That demonstrates there is a life beyond whatever the name above the door might be. It’s about the quality and expertise.

“The market is swinging in the A220’s direction. We been through a period where all costs were relatively low, and allowed a range of airlines to sustain their existing fleet, and not worry about oil prices or fuel efficiency. As they have risen, it re-emphasises the need to have highly fuel efficient products.

“I think the pressure on airlines will only support more and more serious interest in the aircraft.”


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