Chinese Aviation Groups in Pole Position to Buy Bombardier Belfast Airbus A220 Wings Factory
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May 5, 2019 - by Francess McDonnell for irishtimes.com
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), which acquired Portadown-headquartered Thompson Aero Seating three years ago and also has a long standing "strategic business relationship" with Bombardier dating back to 2007, is viewed as a "credible contender" for Bombardier by aerospace sector sources.
Thompson Aero Seating, which manufactures premier class and full flat bed seating for major airlines including Aer Lingus, Delta, Singapore Airlines and SWISS, has expanded both its production capabilities and seating range since been acquired by AVIC in 2016.
It is not the only potential Chinese suitor that may be chasing Bombardier Belfast after its Canadian parent this week announced its plans to sell off its entire operations in Northern Ireland, and focus all of its aerospace business in Montréal, in Mexico, and a recently acquired operation in Texas.
Another Chinese state-owned company, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), might also be a possible bidder...