CSeries - Close to nearly tripling orders thanks to a big contract with Qatar Airways - The Times UK
And the Queen is “Shopping” for some new VIP aircraft - Considering the CSeries
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Ministers are to be urged to show solidarity with workers at the Bombardier aerospace factory in Northern Ireland and select the C-Series aircraft, part-built in Belfast, as the new jet for the Queen's Flight.
It is also understood that the slow-selling C-Series, which has been rescued by a deal with Airbus this week after being caught up in a transatlantic trade row with Boeing and the US government, could be close to nearly tripling orders thanks to a big contract with Qatar Airways
The Ministry of Defence is going through a "recapitalisation and requirement" review of 32 The Royal Squadron, better known as the Queen's Flight. The squadron, based at RAF Northolt west of London, was halved under austerity measures announced by George Osborne, the former chancellor.
The latest review of the Queen's Flight, used by members of the royal family and by senior ministers, has been called to work on plans to replace its existing, ageing fleet of four BAE 146 aircraft. It is understood a key requirement for the new aircraft will be an ability to cross the Atlantic. The BAE 146, like most regional jets, does not have that capability, but the C-Series can make direct flights from London to New York and Washington.
"This is a very good opportunity for the UK government to make a serious statement about supporting the British aerospace industry and British jobs," one senior industry executive said.