OPINION: CSeries deal presents wider opportunity
Aside from the obvious benefit for the health of the programme and for the wider company, Airbus's planned acquisition of a majority stake in the Bombardier CSeries could present another opportunity
08 DECEMBER, 2017 - SOURCE: FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL - BY: FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL
In addition to its core aircraft manufacturing operation, the Canadian manufacturer has an in-house aerostructures business. Core competencies include building the advanced composite wings for the CSeries. But the division also supplies the wider industry: about 15% of its global output is for third parties, rising to 30% at its facility in the Northern Irish city of Belfast.
That capability may throw up some unusual relationships – making Bombardier an indirect supplier to arch-rival Embraer via the nacelles on the KC-390 – but it still generated revenue of $1.5 billion in 2016.
Assuming the CSeries deal with Airbus goes through, then Bombardier has the chance to capitalise on that deeper relationship.
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