Bombardier Aerospace delivered 163 business jets during the 11-month fiscal year that ended December 31, compared with 155 shipped during the 12-month Fiscal Year 2010. (FY2011 was only 11 months because Bombardier’s board of directors voted to change the financial year-end from January 31 to December 31, effective Dec. 31, 2011.)
Bombardier Aerospace named Michele (Mike) Arcamone president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective February 1. Arcamone succeeds Gary Scott, who retired on Oct. 1, 2011, after citing family responsibilities. However, Scott had drawn some criticism from the likes of Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy for slow sales of the new C Series narrowbody.
There hasn’t been a good year for business aviation since 2008, and despite hopes of an industry recovery, it appears 2012 won’t be the next one.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Bombardier Aerospace have signed a multiyear agreement building upon a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement, which covers research, development and testing in areas of interest to both organizations, details both fee-for-service and collaborative research projects.
In a ceremony attended by Canada’s Prime Minister, the City of Peterborough, Ontario, announced the conclusion of a C$28.6 million upgrade project to Peterborough Airport. The project, funded by national, provincial and city grants, has increased the airport’s runway length from 5,000 to 7,000 feet and created a new aviation industrial park with new areas for aircraft fueling and maintenance.
After a period that has seen rapid growth of its fleet in the Middle East, Bombardier Aerospace is emphasizing at the Dubai Air Show this week the support that its Business Aircraft division is providing for local owners and operators of Global, Challenger and Learjet aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday that Global 7000 and 8000 aft fuselages will be built at its site in Queretaro, Mexico. The Mexican site already produces the aft fuselage of the Global 5000 and 6000, as well as the Learjet 85 aircraft’s major composite structures. Final assembly of Global 7000s and 8000s will take place at Bombardier’s Toronto, Ontario plant.
Innotech-Execaire (Booth No. N5915), in the aviation services business for more than 50 years, is investing in the expansion of both its Montreal and Toronto facilities “to support growing customer requirements,” said the company.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that production of the new Learjet 85 has officially begun and reaffirmed its commitment to a 2013 certification. With the aircraft level critical design review completed, “The next natural step is fabrication, taking parts and putting them together,” said Ralph Acs, v-p and general manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott has left the company effective October 1, citing a desire to devote more time to his family. Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey has assumed Scott’s duties while the company seeks a replacement.