Deliveries Increase Despite Learjet Strike
Although a strike last summer at Learjet facilities in Wichita held down aircraft deliveries in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, Bombardier announced yesterday that it delivered 143 business jets in the first nine months of its fiscal year ending October 31, compared with 132 in the corresponding nine months last year. Bombardier said it received orders for 157 business jets in the first nine months of this year versus 148 last year. During the first three quarters of this year, Bombardier received certification of the Challenger 605, began delivering the Learjet 40XR, made the first flight of the Learjet 60XR and delivered the 100th Challenger 300 and the 300th Learjet 45. Meanwhile, “Bombardier isn’t interested in bidding for Raytheon’s business-jet division,” president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace Pierre Beaudoin told Bloomberg News. The Canadian company also has no plans to sell its business-jet unit, he said.