FlightSafety International and Bombardier Aerospace have received JAA approval for certain training programs. The Joint Aviation Authorities approved FSI’s pilot training for the Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 series, as well as the Challenger 600, 601 and 604. Meanwhile, Bombardier said it became the first North American company to receive JAA approval of maintenance training for the Challenger 604 and Global Express.
Bombardier’s board of directors issued authority to the company’s aerospace division to formally offer its proposed C Series airliner to potential customers. Bombardier Aerospace new commercial aircraft president Gary Scott told AIN that he now needs at least one, if not two, “high quality” customers for between 50 and 100 airplanes to gain launch approval from the board.
The first Bombardier Challenger 890 corporate shuttle entered service in late February with Calgary-based Suncor Energy, a major North American developer of oil sands. The CRJ900 regional jet derivative, which joins Suncor’s Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, will be used to transport workers from the company’s Calgary headquarters to its oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Simulator maker CAE last month announced that Bombardier has awarded the company the simulation development contract for the CRJ900 regional jet and upgrades to four CRJ700 simulators. In addition, Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase a Boeing 737-700 flight simulator for installation at the airline’s training facility.
CHC Helicopter Corp., the world’s largest provider of helicopter services to the offshore oil and gas industry, is to be sold for $3.7 billion in what company officials described as “the largest oilfield services buyout ever.”
Bombardier Aerospace president Pierre Beaudoin on Tuesday told attendees at a meeting of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal that he believes the robust market for business jets will continue despite economic fears in the U.S.
Corporate analysts are carefully monitoring the possible implications of any new or modified Bombardier business and financial strategies under new CEO Paul Tellier, who took over from Robert Brown in mid-January. He assumed office last month just as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded long-term debt ratings of Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Capital (BC) and Bombardier Capital Funding.
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.
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.