Bombardier to make new nacelles for Airbus jets

Posted on 05 Jan 2018 and read 1613 times
Bombardier to make new nacelles for Airbus jetsBombardier (www.uk.bombardier.com) in Northern Ireland has been selected by Airbus to build engine nacelles for its latest generation of aircraft.

Bombardier Aero-structures and Engineering Services (BAES) will develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser to enable Airbus to offer an innovative nacelle (plus after-market support) for Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G engine.

Bombardier is already a supplier to Airbus on a number of programmes, and its Belfast operation has more than 40 years’ experience in the design, development, manufacture and support of nacelles.

BAES vice-president Stephen Addis said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this programme, which reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market.”

Bombardier’s future in Northern Ireland has recently been a cause for concern, following the announcement in September of the US Department of Commence’s intention to impose trade tariffs of 220% on the Canada-based group’s C Series jets, after allegations by Boeing of “excessive government support” in breach of trading regulations.

A further 80% tariff was then proposed in October, raising concerns that job cuts could follow at the Belfast site.

A delegation from the Unite union recently visited Montreal for meetings with Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare, plus Canadian politicians and trade unions, before heading to Washington to put their case.

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