While Bombardier recorded a healthy overall jump in net income in this year’s second quarter–from $138 million in 2010 to $211 million this year–news from the aerospace side of the house was somewhat less cheerful, but still positive.
Yesterday Bombardier reported a healthy overall jump in fiscal second-quarter profits to $211 million, a 53-percent leap from last year’s $138 million. Business aircraft sales–large-cabin jets in particular–accounted for 45 percent ($903 million) of the company’s $2.085 billion revenues in the second quarter; services accounted for 20 percent ($408 million) of revenues.
ÉricMartel has been appointed president of Bombardier Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. He replaces James Hoblyn, who died of natural causes while jogging on July 3. Before joining Bombardier, Martel held different senior positions in manufacturing, engineering, procurement and maintenance and overhaul within the aviation industry.
Bombardier Aerospace is opening its first regional support office (RSO) in Latin America. Located in São Paulo, Brazil, it will be next to the company’s existing parts depot and authorized service facility at OceanAir Táxi Aéreo. It will be staffed with Bombardier Business Aircraft employees, including an RSO manager, a field service representative and a customer service account manager.
The news of James Hoblyn’s sudden and unexpected death at age 46–on July 3, while training for a marathon–reverberated like a shockwave throughout the aviation industry. James was at the top of his game in every regard: an effective, passionate, well liked and capable executive within Bombardier Aerospace. More important, James was a loyal and devoted husband and father to his wife, Josée, and his daughters, Emilie, Charlotte and Ashley.
James Hoblyn, who has been behind Bombardier Aerospace’s recent push to bolster its worldwide business aircraft product support, died while running on Sunday. He was 46.
Bombardier Aerospace has added four field service representatives and two customer support account managers to cover Europe and South Africa. The appointments bring to 25 the total number of field service reps and customer support account managers supporting business aircraft customers in Europe.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched an initiative called Aircraft Cabin Environment Technologies (ACET) to develop, apply and evaluate technologies for healthy and comfortable aircraft cabin environments in pressurized fixed-wing aircraft. Key areas for technology development include acoustics, lighting, ventilation, indoor air quality and health. “NRC does research for companies that contract with them.
A 30-percent staffing increase is slated for Bombardier Aerospace’s wholly owned service center at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam. The company cites “…greater flexibility for scheduling light to heavy maintenance tasks” as the reason.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) is holding preliminary discussions about expanding manufacturing operations into China, according to a company spokeswoman, who confirmed reports of HBC’s growing interest in the China market. Company CEO Bill Boisture has visited China a few times in recent months, she said, but HBC hasn’t yet publicly identified Chinese companies with which it might partner.