Bombardier’s head of sales has tried to reassure employees in the united kingdom over the Canadian planemaker’s partnership with Airbus.
Fred Cromer said last month’s surprise announcement that Airbus could take control of its C-Series aircraft “would only strengthen the Bomber”.
The aerospace and railroad company employs 4,000 people in Belfast, with close to 1,000 decisions C-Series wings.
Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, said the Airbus deal was a major production and “more wings coming out of Belfast”.
“My message to all the employees in the C Series of the program, and, certainly, in Belfast, is to continue doing what you’re doing. That are taking place in Belfast amazing wing technology,” the president of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft division told the BBC.
The plane is in the center of the united states-Canada dispute.
The production of the C Series has gone over budget, and has been dogged by delays. Us manufacturer Boeing has complained that the aircraft is being subsidized and sold below cost in the united states.
Earlier this year, the u.s. Department of Commerce sided with Boeing that the C-Series sales in the united states should be slapped with import duties of up to 300%. A final ruling is expected early next year.
That put a question mark over the future of the program and a sale of 75 aircraft for the US airline Delta.
Then, in the last month, Bombardier announced that Boeing rival Airbus, to take a majority stake in the C Series, making its production and marketing muscle behind the aircraft.’More grande’volume of
Airbus is to expand its production plant in Alabama, which will increase the US content of the aircraft, and help reduce the costs. Mr. Cromer said that this was “on the increase of volume of the aircraft, and that should make people feel good in Belfast”.
The Alabama expansion to create more jobs at Bombardier, said. “It is not a replacement of jobs. The ” WE ” of the production line is going to give us more volume and will give us access to the u.s. market.”
Delta has already said that he will not pay the high import tariffs on their planes Bombardier. Mr Cromer acknowledged that the delivery calendar for the Delta order could be adjusted if the trade dispute that holds up to the end.
He said that an unnamed European airline was considering the purchase of 61 C-Series aircraft, a deal that he expected to be finalised by the end of this year.
That could potentially help Bombardier if you are forced to reschedule the Delta of the deal.
Mr Cromer, said the Delta has committed to the aircraft and was willing to wait if necessary, although the airline was not happy with the fact that Boeing’s action.
Another set C of clients include Air Canada, Lufthansa and Latvia’s AirBaltic.