Bombardier’s training network will employ five additional business jet simulators in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East by early next year, according to Bombardier Aerospace vice president of customer services James Hoblyn. This includes the first full-flight simulator for the Learjet 40/40XR and Learjet 45/45XR that was qualified last month at CAE’s Burgess Hill Training Centre in the UK.
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. On Saturday, the Canadian airframer officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
Bombardier announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year and for the year ending Jan. 31, 2010.
Total revenues for both commercial and business aircraft totaled $9.4 billion, down slightly from $10 billion in the previous fiscal year, and the total backlog for both sectors was $16.7 billion, compared with $23.5 billion as of Jan. 31, 2009.
Viking Air is close to achieving European and Canadian certification of its new Twin Otter 400, having made a first flight with the revamped, 21-century version of the classic twin turboprop design in February. U.S. certification is due to follow by the end of this year.
Bombardier has appointed New Jet International as its exclusive sales representative for Switzerland, marketing the Learjet, Challenger and Global families of business jets. The Monte Carlo-based company has represented Bombardier in Italy and Monaco for almost 20 years.
With two new aircraft programs fast approaching the marketplace Gulfstream Aerospace is challenging Bombardier’s recent dominance as arguably the leading innovator for new jet designs. But this is no more than a case of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, as far as Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi is concerned.
“Despite the challenging economic times, Bombardier has continued to invest in strengthening its service and support network worldwide. With about 40 business and commercial aircraft based in India, Bombardier has chosen Mumbai for its fifth regional support office [RSO],” said James Hoblyn, president customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft Bombardier Aerospace.
A recent announcement by Bombardier Aerospace is causing a stir among Smart Parts customers. The company is going to begin charging state sales tax on all parts ordered through the hourly program; the tax is not included in the hourly program cost. The change will apply only to sales in those states that require vendors to charge tax. The exact number of states involved was not readily available but is believed to be fewer than 10.
Bombardier hopes it has seen the last of the software “glitches” that began plaguing the CRJ1000 control-by-wire rudder system early last summer, resulting in the grounding of the pair of prototypes used for flight testing and a certification delay of at least a year.