Aviation deal could bring new jobs to ABQ

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A possible deal between Eclipse Aerospace and the Air Force could bring hundreds of jobs to Albuquerque.

The aviation company says it could learn by the end of the year if it will provide their new light-weight jets to the Air Force for training.

Just this week, the defense spending bill for the 2015 fiscal year was released.

The bill gives the air force 90 days to explore options for updating its more than 20-year-old fleet.

For some time both eclipse and state officials have lobbied the air force to switch to the eclipse 550 jet.

Eclipse says if the deal goes through, it could mean anywhere from 300 to 400 new production jobs.

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