Bombardier Belfast wins jets contract
Parts for three new Bombardier jets will be made in Belfast, it was announced today.
Uruguay's flag carrying airline has ordered the CRJ900 NextGen regional planes. The total order is worth around $120m (€88.5m).
Bombardier Belfast designs and manufactures fuselage, engine covers and wing components for the CRJ900.
Pluna Lineas Aereas Uruguayas SA may also order another six aircraft.
The airline's chief executive Matias Campiani said: "Bombardier's CRJ900 NextGen airliner has given us the ability to upgrade our passenger service and develop new markets.
"It has allowed us to offer more frequent service with its low operating economics, exceptional passenger comfort and proven high reliability. Our three new aircraft will enable us to continue expanding our route network."
The airline serves destinations in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Paraguay.
Gary Scott, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: "Pluna's confidence in our CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is reflected in this additional order which grows Bombardier's presence in South America.
"We look forward to continuing to meet and exceed Pluna's needs in the region with our world-class CRJ regional jets."
As of January 31, 2010, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 248 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and delivered 230. A total of 1,695 CRJ Series aircraft have been ordered with 1,587 delivered.