Bombardier Aerospace will temporarily cease production of the Learjet 60XR later this year due to flagging demand for the $13.71 million eight-passenger twinjet, the company announced to employees at its Wichita facility late last week. Though the “production pause” will start late in the fourth quarter, “We will continue delivering Learjet 60XRs into 2013 and we will be honoring all orders for the airplane,” a Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN.
The ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil, will be the site for an expanded Bombardier Aerospace Safety Standdown Latin America. The two-day seminar will take place August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel.
Bombardier Aerospace closed its Farnborough International Airshow order book last Thursday by announcing a firm order for six Q400 NextGen turboprops by Chorus Aviation of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the parent company of Jazz Aviation. The transaction, valued at $189 million, involved the conversion of six of 15 options taken by Jazz Aviation in 2010. The aircraft will be operated under the Air Canada Express banner.
Farnborough, UK is the site of the newest Bombardier Aerospace regional support office (RSO). It is the 10th to open outside North America in the past four years and will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers in Europe. The new RSO is located with Bombardier’s international sales office within the TAG Farnborough Airport Terminal building and alongside Bombardier’s authorized service facility, TAG Farnborough Engineering.
It seems that much discussion is still under way at Bombardier as to whether or not it should launch a stretched, 90-seat model of its Dash 8 Q400 Next Gen turboprop.
Bombardier Aerospace has signed a nine-year agreement with Canadian airline Jazz Aviation for its Q400 Smart Parts program. According to the manufacturer, Smart Parts provides convenient access to parts using cost-efficient inventory management.
Bombardier has a tentative 12th customer for its new CSeries jetliner, the Canadian airframer’s commercial aircraft president Mike Arcamone announced at the Farnborough International show site yesterday. The new and as-yet-unidentified customer has placed an undefined “conditional order” for five 100- to 125-passenger CSeries 100s and five 120- to 145-seat CSeries 300s, nominally valued at about $1 billion.
Bombardier is adamant that the first CSeries100 single-aisle airliner will fly before the end of this year, despite the perception among outside observers that a lot of work remains to be done in less than six months. Here at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow, the Canadian airframer will be hoping to boost the order backlog for the program
Bombardier Aerospace’s latest annual 20-year forecast of the market for single-aisle airliners and business jets generally sees these sectors “trending positively” as they continue to recover from the downturn in deliveries that began in 2009. Broadly speaking, the Canadian airframer’s forecasters see the commercial aircraft market (up to 145 seats) taking a hit from dips in global domestic product (GDP) around the world and inflated oil prices.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Fernando Lacerda Da Silva as sales director of new aircraft for Brazil. Lacerda joins Bombardier with 25 years of previous aircraft sales experience, nearly half of which was in Latin America. “The Brazilian market continues to evolve as business aviation grows in the region,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president of sales in Latin America Fabio Rebello.