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.
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.