Airbus and Bombardier move ever closer

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This morning Bombardier announced that their Aerostructures and Engineering Services won a contract to supply P&W A320neo nacelles to Airbus.   Their Belfast plant also won work to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser to enable Airbus to offer this new, innovative nacelle and its aftermarket support for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G engine.

Meanwhile, the big plan for the collaboration on the C Series continues quietly.  From what we understand, the people involved with the deal between the firms on the C Series is a tiny group.  This group has been successfully kept apart from the rest of the both company’s teams in order to prevent leaks.  Since nothing can happen until the deal is approved by regulators, its just as well that any work on what comes after approval is done quietly.  It was a leak in 2015 that stopped an earlier attempt cold.

Since Bombardier is already a supplier to Airbus on a number of programs, there are numerous threads tying the firms together already.

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