Last month, Bombardier Aerospace launched a “classic aircraft support program” after seeing a “dramatic increase” in service and support requests over the past three years from operators of older Learjets and Challengers. But there is a catch–operators are required to pay for the service.
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Overall deliveries of Bombardier business jets in the six months ending July 31 declined slightly to 99 aircraft from 101 in the same period last year, the company said yesterday. However, it noted that backlogs for its business jets remain “strong” despite the credit crunch facing financial markets, while deliveries are poised to “accelerate” in the second half of the year.
The relationship between the world’s third-largest aircraft maker and China grew closer with the announcement here yesterday of a long-term investment commitment between Bombardier Aerospace and China’s state-controlled aviation manufacturing consortium, Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I).
The National Research Council of Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (Hall 3, C7, D7, D7B, E7 and E7B) has successfully completed a three-day controlled exercise, the first of its kind in Canada, that involved the deliberate demolition of a decommissioned, pressurized Boeing 727 at NRC’s Uplands campus in Ottawa. Participants in the exercise included a number of Canadian security technology developers and emergency response operators.
Bombardier Aerospace is “satisfied” that confidential customer data has not been compromised, following the discovery by Canadian authorities of company documents in the home of former senior director of structured finance Simon Davies. In an unusual move, the Quebec Supreme Court signed an Anton Peller court order, which allowed authorities to search Davies’ home and seize evidence without prior notice.
Bombardier’s achievements this year in getting new business jets into the marketplace are particularly noteworthy in view of the company’s overall financial statistics. An increase in business aircraft deliveries helped boost Bombardier revenues in the first quarter ending April 30.
Jim Ziegler, v-p and general manager of Bombardier business aviation services, and Keith Miller, v-p of engineering for Learjet in Wichita, have left Bombardier Aerospace. Ziegler’s decision to leave the company was based on personal reasons, and he plans to remain in the Wichita area. Miller had scheduled his retirement before Bombardier’s major restructuring began earlier this year and will relocate to Florida.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday revealed it will build a component manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to begin operations next May, initially producing wire harnesses but eventually having the capability for "final aircraft assembly." Later next year the facility is scheduled to start manufacturing "major structural aircraft components" currently being built by Asian suppliers.
Bombardier Aerospace's results improved in FY 2006, primarily the result of a continued strong business jet market. According to financial results released yesterday for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, the regional aircraft market presented "significant challenges," but the business jet market remained strong with a "45-percent boost in deliveries, reflecting increases in all Bombardier business aircraft models.
Bombardier is boosting aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support in Europe with new operations in Germany and Austria. The manufacturer has also announced that it will open two more European service facilities, including line repair stations in Moscow and Paris, this year.