Bombardier on Friday officially opened the new 600,000-square-foot facility at its U.K. facility located in New Belfast, an addition that will require 250 new workers to increase production of wings for its CSeries passenger jets.
[Bombardier's New Belfast facility. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.]
The New Belfast facility produces wings using a carbon-fiber composite technology originally developed by Bombardier engineers located in Northern Ireland. According to the Canadian manufacturer, the technology enables material and air frame weight reduction, ultimately contributing to reduced fuel burn.
“We believe that our advanced composites process enables a step-change in the way aircraft wings are made. The benefits of weight reduction compared to conventional metal wings, and reduced inspection and maintenance activities, are making an important contribution to the CSeries aircraft’s success," said Michael Ryan, vice president and general manager of Bombardier's Belfast division.
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