A trade row threatening jobs at aeroplane manufacturers Bombardier will not affect maintenance contracts on the aircraft.
Flybe Aviation Services, based at Exeter Airport, is among the world’s leading and most advanced maintenance, repairs and overhaul organisations for regional airlines.
It looks after Bombardier aircraft including the Bombardier Dash-8 100/200 and Q400, Bombardier CRJ 100/200 and 700/900 and Bombardier Challenger 850 along with Embraer and Airbus.
The US has slapped a punitive import duty on C series jet planes made by Bombardier, one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers.
A Flybe spokesman has confirmed: “The current Bombardier issue will have no impact on Flybe Aviation Services in Exeter.”
Bombardier is currently at the centre of a trade row after the US ruled to impose an import tax on the C-Series jet made by Canada-firm Bombardier.
The proposed 220% import tariff could threaten Bombardier jobs in Belfast.
The UK government and trade unions fear the imposition of tariffs could make the Canadian firm question whether to remain in Northern Ireland, where it employs 4,100 of its 28,000-strong workforce.
About 1,000 jobs are linked to the C-Series, the wings of which are made at a purpose-built £520m factory at Queen’s Island in Belfast.
Hugo Swire, Conservative MP for East Devon and former Foreign Office minister said that the trade spat ‘does not bode well for any U.K.-U.S. trade deal’ post-Brexit.
Source: Devon live