Bombardier Ships 239 Bizjets in ’08, Braces for ’09
Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace last year delivered 239 business jets, seven more than the previous year, and further took net orders for 262 more, though it is girding for a tougher 2009. The aircraft manufacturer said today that it expects to ship about 10 percent fewer business aircraft this year due to the global recession. “In response to current market demand,” Bombardier plans to reduce production rates of Challengers and Learjets, with a resulting reduction of 1,360 employees, all but 350 of whom are temporary workers or subcontractors. “The industry is experiencing strong turbulence and we anticipate more volatility in the short term. The fundamentals of Bombardier Aerospace are solid, but we expect we will face more challenges this year,” said Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey. The good news is that Bombardier Aerospace’s recruitment for about 600 new permanent open positions, mainly for the in-development Learjet 85 business jet and C-Series regional jet programs, will partially offset the reduction. Bombardier is also in the process of recruiting about 230 interior completion specialists for its Global aircraft completion center in Montreal.