The first Bombardier Learjet 85 wing shipment arrived yesterday at the company’s Wichita assembly line and is now in the process of being readied for mating to the composite fuselage of flight test vehicle one (FTV1).
Bombardier Learjet’s unionized employees in Wichita, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), are back on the job after a five-week strike. Over the weekend, the Learjet production line workers voted to accept a proposed contract agreement, ending a strike that began on October 8.
Bombardier Aerospace’s third-quarter revenues were flat at $2.3 billion year-over-year, but pre-tax profits at the Canadian aircraft manufacturer slipped by $6 million, to $123 million. Meanwhile, net deliveries of both regional airliners and business jets stood at 57 aircraft in the quarter, down from 68 a year ago. However, it added net orders for 83 aircraft and built a book-to-bill ratio of 1.5:1, compared with net orders for 34 aircraft during the same period last year.
Bombardier Learjet and the union negotiating committee representing its striking production-line workers entered into federal mediation yesterday, the union said. The strike at the Wichita aircraft manufacturer is now in its fifth week, and the two sides haven’t talked since the union rejected the proposed contract and voted to strike on October 6. The biggest roadblock was cost increases in medical insurance for workers.
Bombardier has appointed Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, and its subsidiary JetCorp Technical Services of St. Louis as authorized service facilities (ASF) for its Learjet and Challenger business jets. Flying Colours is known for its new green Challenger 850 completions as a Bombardier- authorized completion center.
Though the light and midsize jet markets yet await their resurgence from the depths of the past business cycle downturn, at Learjet there is a near palpable sense of anticipation that such a turnaround is looming. The Bombardier division currently has three new models preparing for entry into service next year—the Learjets 70, 75 and 85–and has embarked on a major expansion at its Wichita headquarters.
Bombardier has appointed Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario and its subsidiary JetCorp Technical Services of St. Louis as authorized service facilities (ASF) for the Canadian OEM’s Learjet and Challenger business jet lines.
Flying Colours is known for its new Challenger 850 green completion work for which it works directly with Bombardier as an authorized completion center.
As it celebrates its 30th year of business, aftermarket aviation parts supplier CRS Jet Spares has been has been named as Meggitt subsidiary Securaplane’s sales and service center in Brazil. Fort Lauderdale-based CRS will establish a sales, logistics and service facility there that will support the aftermarket needs of Gulfstream, Hawker, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger and Learjet aircraft.
Updating older aircraft to “better than new” has become big business, and Butler National Corporation’s (Booth No. 3196) just announced STC for the installation of the Garmin GTN 750 nav/comm into Learjet 35 and 36 series aircraft should make a few NBAA’12 Convention attendees sit up and listen.
Liebherr Aerospace (Booth No. 1316) has delivered its first flap actuation system for the new Bombardier Learjet 85. Liebherr also is designing, manufacturing, and qualifying the air management system on the aircraft. The company currently supplies a variety of components for Bombardier jets including landing gear. Liebherr Aerospace and Transportation Systems employs more than 4,000 and has aviation equipment production plants in Germany, France, Brazil and Russia as well as customer centers in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Singapore and China.