Aerospace: A Wing and Two Players

Brexit has been the preoccupation for the UK aerospace industry for much of the past two years, with questions over the fate of Airbus’ investments and complex supply chain should the nation have to make a no-deal departure from the European Union in 2019. However, late in the year it was supplanted in the headlines by another B-word – or two to be precise: Bombardier and Boeing. The US aircraft manufacturer’s demand that sales of its Canadian counterpart’s CSeries jet be subject to punitive 300% tariffs on imports into the USA threatened the future of not only the programme, but Bombardier’s very existence, and with it the Belfast factory where the narrowbody airliner’s composite wings are engineered and built.

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