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.
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Bombardier Aerospace today reported revenues of $8.6 billion last year, down from $8.8 billion in 2010, while pre-tax profits slid by $52 million year-over-year, to $502 million.
Bombardier Aerospace will open a company-owned and -operated service center in Singapore next year. “Singapore has the advantage of being a strategic location; it is more central in the Asia Pacific region than Hong Kong. Also in its favor, it has a skilled workforce in place and there is a longstanding aerospace presence at Seletar Airport,” a spokesman for Bombardier told AIN.
Bombardier Aerospace (Chalet CD61) is to open a company-owned and operated business aircraft service center at Singapore’s Seletar Airport in 2013. The new regional center will offer light maintenance tasks for all Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft, and will be the OEM’s customer services hub for the Asia Pacific region. The facility forms part of Bombardier’s future customer service strategy.
Bombardier Aerospace selected Phoenix-based Aviation Performance Solutions to provide live upset recovery training as part of its Leading Edge Program offered to Learjet, Challenger and Global customers. Like its Safety Standdowns, “The Bombardier Leading Edge program promotes knowledge and skills-based training along with each individual pilot’s discipline and responsibility as essential elements of aviation professionalism and safety,” said Capt. Rick Rowe, manager of Safety Standdown programs at Bombardier.
Bombardier Aerospace last month named Michele (Mike) Arcamone president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective Feb. 1, 2012. Arcamone succeeds Gary Scott, who retired on Oct. 1, 2011.
Bombardier president and COO Guy Hachey served as interim president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft following Scott’s retirement. “Mike comes to us with a brilliant track record throughout his 30-year career in the automotive industry,” said Hachey. “He brings a unique background of international experience to our team.”
Bombardier Aerospace and NetJets celebrated the rollout of the fractional provider’s first Global-series jet today, in this case a Global 6000 (neé XRS). Last March, NetJets placed an order for 50 Globals worth $2.8 billion, as well as options for an additional 70, breaking the fractional provider’s tradition of buying only Gulfstreams for its large-cabin jet fleets.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered 163 business jets during the 11-month fiscal year that ended December 31, compared with 155 shipped during the 12-month Fiscal Year 2010. (FY2011 was only 11 months because Bombardier’s board of directors voted to change the financial year-end from January 31 to December 31, effective Dec. 31, 2011.)
Bombardier Aerospace named Michele (Mike) Arcamone president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective February 1. Arcamone succeeds Gary Scott, who retired on Oct. 1, 2011, after citing family responsibilities. However, Scott had drawn some criticism from the likes of Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy for slow sales of the new C Series narrowbody.
Bombardier Aerospace received a firm order for five Challenger 850s worth $156 million, based on list prices, from an undisclosed customer on December 29. The Challenger 850 is an executive version of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet, with a range of up to 2,811 nm.