Mr Lyttle was speaking after Bombardier confirmed it had secured a major order for its C Series aircraft from Delta Airlines. The American airline has agreed to purchase 75 CS100 aircraft with an option for 50 more. The C Series wings and other parts are produced in Belfast.
“This news will hopefully provide a much-needed boost for Bombardier workers in Belfast, particularly coming so soon after the news the company planned on cutting jobs over the next two years,” he said.
“It is a ringing endorsement for workers in Belfast, where much of the C Series is produced, and helps sustain Bombardier’s future here. I hope it ensures the company can build and help create more jobs.
“Bombardier is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful companies and this order proves that even in the face of a challenging economic situation, we have the world-class skills to attract investment here.”