Published Tuesday, 17 September 2013
The plane performed its maiden flight in Canada. (© Bombardier)
The Canadian company launched the new CSeries aeroplane at its Montreal headquarters on Monday.
Seating around 100 it is hoped the new plane will help the company muscle its way into the smaller aircraft market dominated by industry leaders Airbus and Boeing.
Bombardier has invested over £500m on the development programme at its Belfast factory.
Workers at the harbour plant, along with support from local suppliers, designed and produced the aircraft's wings.
The First and deputy First Minister both welcomed the plane's maiden flight.
The quality of the wings made in Belfast is testament to the ingenuity, determination and pride of Bombardier's team.
Peter Robinson said: "Bombardier's CSeries programme is still the largest ever inward investment project undertaken in Northern Ireland and the first flight of its CSeries aircraft is a major milestone for the company.
"Having Bombardier facilities within Northern Ireland has been of great benefit to the aerospace sector here.
"The world-class project has elevated Bombardier's technological capabilities to a new level and created opportunities for its supply chain in Northern Ireland and across the UK."
Martin McGuinness added: "The first flight marks a significant achievement in Bombardier's highly complex aircraft programme.
"Many local companies continue to benefit from Bombardier's investment here and have undertaken production of significant numbers of all-new and often complex components for the CSeries."
Enterprise and Investment Minister Arlene Foster also celebrated the plane's first flight.
She added: "Invest Northern Ireland continues to work closely with the Bombardier aerospace teams in Belfast and Montreal to maximise the wider economic impact of its programmes here.
"We have companies with extensive knowledge of aerostructures, design, nacelle systems and composites that put us in a strong position to target the global aerospace sector."
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