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Aerospace leads Quebec exports

Export shipments are set to take flight for Quebec.

The newly released Global Export Forecast, published by Export Development Canada, predicted that overseas shipments from Quebec would increase 5 per cent both this year and in 2017, Canadian Manufacturing reported.

Aerospace will make up the majority of exports for the province, with aerospace shipments growing 14 per cent this year and 8 per cent next year. This sector growth is largely supported by the Bombardier CSeries aircraft program that is slated to kick off deliveries later this year.

The report comes as Delta Airlines finalized its deal with Bombardier, placing an order for 75 CS100 aircraft, according to CBC News.

The deal – and the upswing for Quebecois aerospace exports – has students and graduates in the field looking up.

“It makes me confident that Bombardier wants to invest in more jobs here in Quebec,” said Sammuel Lafrance, a student at the Ecole nationale d’aérotechnique, in an interview with the news source. “They’re planning on hiring a lot of new people … since they’ve created jobs here, and since they have a new deal with Delta and Air Canada … I think it’s perfect.”