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Bombardier receives £4.5bn order from airBaltic for up to 60 aircrafts

Bombardier receives £4.5bn order for planes, to be made in Belfast

The Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, has received an order for up to 60 of its C-Series passenger aircrafts.

The order was placed by the Latvian carrier, airBaltic, for 30 CS300 passenger jets with the option for an additional 30 to be ordered.

The deal is anticipated to worth around £4.5bn (US$5.98bn), based on the Bombardier’s book prices.

With the 30 aircrafts ordered, airBaltic has become the manufacturer’s largest customer in Europe, and second-largest customer in the world.

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“The C Series aircraft is at the forefront of the small single-aisle market, and airBaltic played a key role in demonstrating its value,” announced Fred Cromer, President of Commercial Aircraft at  Bombardier.

“In the last 18 months, we have witnessed airBaltic’s growing leadership in the market, and we wish the airline further success with its expanded CS300 fleet.”

The aeroplane is manufactured in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where it employs around 4,000 people.

The manufacturer also confirmed that it would produce part of its new business jets in the city.

The Global 5500 and Global 6500 will feature “unprecedented levels of innovation and comfort” Bombardier claims.

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