Bombardier Aerospace has strengthened its alliance with Fokker Services to increase the availability and reduce the cost of spare parts for operators of its out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300. Under the agreement Fokker Services has secured more than 2,600 part numbers from Bombardier for worldwide distribution. Bombardier will also continue to market and sell Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 parts to operators worldwide.
Bombardier has begun the first set of systems tests and simulations for the C Series airliner in its systems integration rig, known also as the Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (Ciasta) or “Aircraft 0,” the company announced Wednesday.
Bombardier Aerospace’s efforts to cultivate closer ties with the Chinese commercial aircraft industry continued last week with the official opening of a new office in Shanghai, now the home base of the Canadian company’s partnership with China’s Comac.
Bombardier Aerospace is rapidly expanding its presence in the emerging aviation markets in Asia and the Middle East. Today, the company inaugurated its new office in Shanghai, which is now home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China and the company’s commercial aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on Tuesday that Arab Wings of Amman, Jordan is the first operator in the Middle East to take delivery of a Global 5000, which features the Bombardier Global Vision flight deck. The new Global joins Arab Wings’ fleet of business jets, which also includes a Challenger 604 and 605. The Vision flight deck is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite.
Bombardier delivered the first Global 5000 equipped with the Global Vision flight deck on March 25 during a delivery ceremony at its Montreal, Canada headquarters. Global Vision, which is based on a Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, features three large LCD cockpit displays as well as an LCD-based head-up display.
This year, Bombardier will launch one of the most ambitious flight-test programs in business aviation history. The Learjet 85 is scheduled to enter service in 2013 and as many as five test aircraft could make their first flights in the coming months.
Bombardier Business Aircraft currently commands one-third of the business jet market in China, company vice president of sales for Russia, CIS, Asia Pacific, China and Australia Christophe Degoumois said today at Abace. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer expects the number of aircraft in China to increase dramatically over the next 20 years. By 2030 it foresees that Chinese customers will have received more than 2,300 new business jets. Degoumois noted that the Asian market “is a new-aircraft driven market, unlike Latin America, which is an important pre-owned market.”
For years Bombardier Commercial Aircraft claimed a modest level of sales success in Asia, selling more than 300 airplanes over the years to nearly 40 operators. But its performance there had proved uneven, and the company traditionally has depended on strongholds in North America and Europe for the majority of its revenues.
Canada’s Bombardier identified China Express Airlines as a customer for its CRJ900 regional jet last week during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Beijing for the Canada China Business Forum. The conditional order for six dual-class-configured CRJ900s plus options on another five, signed late last year, will give Bombardier its first sale of a new commercial airplane in China in “eight or nine years.”