Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2019 by John Mulgrew

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Bombardier says it is “reviewing what impact” a deal to sell off part of its regional jet aircraft business will have on its Northern Ireland base.

Bombardier has confirmed that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will acquire its CRJ regional jet programme. The company’s Belfast base makes part of the fuselage of the planes.

A spokesman said: “Following today’s announcement regarding the definitive agreement for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to acquire the Bombardier CRJ programme, we are reviewing what impact this may have on our sites in Northern Ireland and Morocco as suppliers to the programme, and will evaluate opportunities in other programmes to mitigate any potential impact on our workforce.”

Canadian-owned Bombardier, formerly Shorts in Northern Ireland, employs more than 3,600 workers and produces many of the parts for business and larger commercial passenger jets.

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