Bombardier Aerospace has approved a second line maintenance facility in India. Air Works in New Delhi is authorized to work on the Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The facility will complement Air Works’ center in Mumbai, which has been part of Bombardier’s authorized service facility network since 2008.
Bombardier Aerospace has added stops at major cities in Mexico between October 17 and 20 for its Global 6000 world demonstration tour. One of the stops will be at Mexico City/Toluca Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport, according to a Bombardier spokeswoman. “Customer feedback for our Global 6000 in Latin America is superb,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president for Latin American sales Fabio Rebello. Thus far, the Global 6000 demonstrator has logged more than 400 hours since entering service in March.
Bombardier Aerospace has opened a new regional support office in Moscow. The RSO, operated by Bombardier Aerospace Services Russia, will serve as a regional support hub for the growing number of commercial aircraft customers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It complements Bombardier’s customer services expansion strategy and is the 11th regional support location to open outside North America in the past four years.
While any direct comparison of the fundamentally incongruent market forecasts published by the Western world’s four civil airframe manufacturers might seem like an exercise in futility, a little extrapolation can reveal some basic differences in opinion, methodology and, maybe most significantly, equipment offerings.
Bombardier Aerospace has started conducting so-called virtual flights with CSeries “Aircraft 0”—the on-the-ground Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) based in Mirabel, Quebec, the company announced today.
Eaton will supply the Learjet 85’s fuel-tank inerting system, under a contract awarded by Bombardier Aerospace. The fuel-tank inerting system enhances aircraft safety by injecting inert gas into fuel tanks to significantly reduce the potential for ignition sources. Besides supplying the system, Eaton will support Bombardier in the regulatory process to achieve FAA inerting system certification for the Learjet 85.
Bombardier plans to begin full integrated testing of what it calls CSeries “Aircraft 0” at its Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (Ciasta) in Mirabel, Quebec, this month, ahead of the December target for first flight of the program’s first flying prototype. Speaking during the company’s second-quarter earnings briefing last week, Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin reported that progress toward fully integrated testing of all the CSeries systems has proceeded as expected, and that all program milestones remain intact.
Bombardier today reported aerospace revenues for the second quarter increased to $2.3 billion from $2.1 billion helped by business aircraft deliveries that grew to 46 aircraft, up from 35 in the same period last year. Business aircraft orders for the quarter were 134 versus 43 in the same quarter last year, boosted by the firm NetJets order for 100 Challengers. Bombardier Aerospace’s backlog has grown to $25.2 billion, up from $22 billion as of Dec.
Bombardier Aerospace scored another fleet order for its Global series early last month, announcing a firm order for eight of the ultra-long-range business jets from an undisclosed customer. The order consists of three Global 6000s and five Global 8000s, a deal valued at approximately $507 million based on 2012 list prices. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi said, “Sales momentum for the Global product line is strong, and we are experiencing tremendous success with the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets.”
A new 20-year market forecast issued by Bombardier Aerospace in late June reflects less optimism for the 20- to 149-seat commercial aircraft segment than that conveyed by the company’s projections from a year earlier. Bombardier’s latest analysis, which includes outlooks for both turboprops and jets, projects deliveries of 12,800 airplanes worth some $630 billion over the next 20 years.