Early last month, while Bombardier’s Wichita and Canadian business jet production and assembly facilities remained closed during an unprecedented, four-month plant shutdown that started in late December, the aerospace unit revealed that 3,000 employees–10 percent of its worldwide employment force–will be laid off over the next 12 months.
Two more facilities in Europe have been designated by Bombardier as approved service centers. Berlin-based Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) recently started providing factory service for Learjet 60s and Challengers from the Jet Connection Business Flight hangar at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Challenger operators may now also choose to take their aircraft to Metro Business Aviation at London Stansted Airport.
Suffering from a sluggish market for its business jets and an uncertain environment for its regional jets, Bombardier Inc. abruptly replaced president and CEO Robert Brown with Paul Tellier, 63, a Bombardier director since 1997 and president of Canadian National Railway for the past decade.
Dell Canada has partnered with Bombardier Aerospace to provide computer notebook technology to manage maintenance operations for Challenger 605s.
Bombardier will provide a Dell Latitude D530 notebook with every new aircraft ordered. The computer will be equipped with custom maintenance application software and will be used by aircraft maintenance technicians to perform time-saving troubleshooting operations.
A new report released by Forecast International says that Embraer will collect 40.8 percent of the projected $99.7 billion in sales of regional aircraft over the next 10 years, despite the lack of a turboprop in its existing product line. The Newtown, Conn.-based aerospace market research firm also predicts that Bombardier will take a 33.2-percent share over the next decade, while ATR secures 7 percent.
Bombardier’s bottom line last year was bolstered by “solid” demand for its business jets, and the company said it plans to increase production to ease record backlogs. In its third-quarter FY2007 results released in late November, the Canadian company saw pre-tax profits reach $201 million, compared with $105 million during the same period last year.
Aerospace Concepts, a Toronto-based completions management specialist with a long record of performing Bombardier Global Express and Challenger interior work, now forecasts a schedule for this year that almost doubles last year’s projections for this year’s projects.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek operation a Learjet authorized service facility (ASF). Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb. facility is already a designated ASF. Both locations are now authorized to provide Learjet warranty work, engine and airframe inspections, Service Bulletin installations, “Smart Parts” administration, avionics updating and troubleshooting.
Both Bombardier and Embraer announced cuts in regional jet production that will see next year’s CRJ200 output fall by 25 percent and total Embraer RJ deliveries by some 9 percent this year and 15 percent next year.
A new report released by Forecast International says that Embraer will collect 40.8 percent of the projected $99.7 billion in sales of regional aircraft over the next 10 years, despite the lack of a turboprop in its existing product line. The Newtown, Conn.-based aerospace market research firm also predicts that Bombardier will take a 33.2-percent share over the next decade, while turboprop manufacturer ATR secures 7 percent.