Bombardier Increases CRJ Production Rate
Bombardier has decided to further increase production of its CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets to one aircraft every three days, the company announced today during a review of its third-quarter FY2008 financial results. In August Bombardier said it planned to boost the rate from this fiscal year’s 50 to 57 in FY09, but projections for further backlog growth have prompted the hike to 64 per year. At the end of October Bombardier carried a backlog of 142 regional jets–down somewhat from the 157 it held after this fiscal year’s second quarter, but still far from the comparatively anemic 80-aircraft backlog it carried a year earlier. The company collected firm orders for 110 regional jets and 78 Q Series turboprops during the first three quarters of this year. Plans call for Q Series production rates to remain unchanged next year, at roughly 65.