US firm AeroSystems has bought Northern Ireland’s, aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Belfast operations for $1.1bn.
Bombardier employs more than 3,500 people in Northern Ireland who build the wings for the Airbus A220.
Michael Ryan, chief operations officer Aerostructures at Bombardier Aviation said. “Through this agreement with Bombardier, we are delighted that Spirit, a global, tier-one aerostructure manufacturer and supplier, has recognised our unique offering and growth potential. We look forward to an exciting future ahead.
“We are immensely grateful to Bombardier for 30-years of development and investment in Belfast, and more recently in Casablanca and Dallas, enabling us to advance our capabilities and skills to world-class levels.”