Viking Air, which last year announced that it was considering restarting production of the 19-passenger DHC-6 Twin Otter, confirmed last week that the program will proceed.
Bombardier disclosed yesterday that “effective immediately” Pierre Beaudoin, son of Bombardier chairman and CEO Laurent Beaudoin, would replace Peter Edwards as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. The Montreal-based company declined to comment on what precipitated the sudden change at the top, with a spokesman saying only that Edwards, 49, “stepped down and left the company to pursue other interests.” On Feb.
Bombardier’s achievements this year in getting new business jets into the marketplace are particularly noteworthy in view of the company’s overall financial statistics. An increase in business aircraft deliveries helped boost Bombardier revenues in the first quarter ending April 30.
Bombardier has merged its Asia/Pacific and European Flexjet block-charter programs into a new London-based Flexjet International operation. The service will also have an office in Hong Kong and is being led by Judith Moreton, who was appointed managing director of Flexjet Europe last October.
In terms of business jet orders and deliveries, Bombardier said the 12 months ending on January 31 constituted the company’s “best year ever.” Chairman and CEO Laurent Beaudoin, reporting on the company’s FY 2007 (ending Jan.
Bombardier delivered its first corporate-owned Challenger 300 to Dean Phillips Inc., a multi-services company based in Quincy, Ill. A Bombardier customer since 1993, Dean Phillips also operates a Learjet 60. Company president Dean Phillips and his wife both have Learjet type ratings. They have also received training to fly the super-midsize business jet.
Jim Ziegler, v-p and general manager of Bombardier business aviation services, and Keith Miller, v-p of engineering for Learjet in Wichita, have left Bombardier Aerospace. Ziegler’s decision to leave the company was based on personal reasons, and he plans to remain in the Wichita area. Miller had scheduled his retirement before Bombardier’s major restructuring began earlier this year and will relocate to Florida.
Bombardier has revamped its Skyjet International block charter program, unveiling the new Jet Member card at the Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai on January 31. The company claims the new terms and conditions make the program the most flexible block charter offering in the market today.
Bombardier announced on Tuesday it is designating an aircraft dedicated to AOG parts delivery. At the same time it announced an improved facility. The company, which finished second-to-last ahead of only Sabreliner in last year’s AIN Product Support Survey, tapped in to its national Flexjet web of fractional-owned aircraft and crews, allocating the equivalent of a 100-percent share of one Learjet 45.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday revealed it will build a component manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to begin operations next May, initially producing wire harnesses but eventually having the capability for "final aircraft assembly." Later next year the facility is scheduled to start manufacturing "major structural aircraft components" currently being built by Asian suppliers.