Following on the heels of several other OEMs, Bombardier Aerospace will build a component manufacturing facility in Mexico (in this case in Querétaro) that will begin operations in May, initially producing wiring 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.
Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.
Bombardier recently delivered the 150th aircraft in its Global series. The milestone aircraft, a Global 5000, was delivered on August 26 to Dwight Management of St. Paul, Minn. The line entered service in 1997 with the first Global Express.
The Beaudoin family deepened its leadership of Montreal-based Bombardier last month following the departure of Peter Edwards as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. The change at the top also follows several recent and major changes at the division’s operating levels while Edwards was in charge.
Bombardier plans to make “major announcements” at the NBAA Convention this month in Orlando, Fla. The Canadian OEM has invited guests to view the launch of “the newest Challenger” and to “welcome the newest addition to the Learjet family.” Some industry observers speculate that Bombardier might introduce successors to the Challenger 604 and Learjet 60.
Bombardier signed a series of LOIs last month with the governments of Canada, Quebec and the UK for major manufacturing and assembly sites for its proposed C Series of airliners.
Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, has acquired certain assets of Bombardier’s Commercial Service Centre, thus becoming the exclusive parts manufacturer, distributor and provider of technical support for out-of-production de Havilland Canada (DHC) aircraft.
Private jet travelers have a new option this summer to sample jet card membership without the typical 25-hour annual commitment. The Bombardier Skyjet Demo Card is being offered as a special promotion through the end of August. Available to new customers only, the Skyjet Demo Card is priced at a flat $10,000, which can be applied based on 100-hour regular Skyjet Card rates.
Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, announced it has earned the FAA’s Employer Diamond Award for the seventh consecutive year. The award is the agency’s highest for excellence in aviation maintenance training.
Two factors have brightened business prospects for Japanese executive charter operator Global Wings: joining Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate charter program and getting a Chinese operating partner. The Tokyo-based firm took delivery of its first aircraft, a Bombardier Learjet 45XR, in January. The aircraft is used largely for flights within China, using the capital Beijing as a base.