Bombardier Aerospace

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Bombardier Aerospace
HeadquartersDorval, Quebec, Canada
Key peoplePierre Beaudoin COO/President
Employees38,350 before cut by 1,700 (2014)
ParentBombardier Inc.
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Bombardier Aerospace
HeadquartersDorval, Quebec, Canada
Key peoplePierre Beaudoin COO/President
Employees38,350 before cut by 1,700 (2014)
ParentBombardier Inc.

Bombardier Aerospace is a division of Bombardier Inc.. The company competes with Brazilian rival Embraer for the title of the third largest aircraft manufacturer after Airbus and Boeing. It is headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.[1]


Main engineering building and assembly plant of Bombardier Aerospace at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

After acquiring Canadair in 1986 and restoring it to profitability, Bombardier in 1989 acquired the near-bankrupt Short Brothers aircraft manufacturing company in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This was followed in 1990 by the acquisition of the bankrupt Learjet Company of Wichita, Kansas, builder of the Learjet business aircraft, and finally the money-losing Boeing subsidiary, de Havilland Aircraft of Canada based in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.[2]

The aerospace division now accounts for over half of the company's revenue. Bombardier's most popular aircraft currently include its Dash 8 Series 400, CRJ100/200/440, and CRJ700/900/1000 lines of regional airliners. It also manufactures the Bombardier 415 amphibious water-bomber (in Dorval and North Bay), the Global Express and the Challenger business jet. Learjet is also a subsidiary of Bombardier based in Wichita, KS.

Bombardier had been in discussions with Mirabel, Quebec (near Montreal) and Kansas City, Missouri for a $375 million[clarification needed] assembly plant, for its future CSeries aircraft, which Bombardier is marketing as a replacement for aging DC-9, MD-80, and early, smaller versions of the Boeing 737.

This new jet, which offers 110-seat and 130-seat versions, competes with the Boeing 737 Next Generation 737-600, 737-700, Airbus A318, Airbus A319, and Embraer 195. Bombardier claims the CSeries will burn 20% less fuel per trip than these competitors,[3] which would make it still about 8% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 737 Max scheduled for introduction 3 years later in 2017.

The launch customer for the CSeries, Lufthansa, has signed a letter of intent for up to 60 aircraft and 30 options.[4] The manufacturing complex in Montreal will be redeveloped by Ghafari Associates to incorporate lean manufacturing of its CSeries aircraft.[5]

In March, 2011, The company obtained 50 firm orders and a further 70 optional order for jets from NetJets worth more than US$2.8 billion to US$6.7 billion, respectively.[6]

Also in March 2011, Bombardier signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China's ICBC Financial Leasing to provide advance aircraft payment financing for Bombardier customers worth $8 billion.[7]

In January 2012, Bombardier began manufacturing simple structures such as flight controls for the CRJ series from a transitional facility near Casablanca, Morocco, its first facility in Africa. On 30 September 2013 it broke ground on its permanent facility, due to open late 2014.[8]

In October 2012, a joint development deal between Bombardier Aerospace and a government-led South Korean consortium was revealed, to develop a 90-seater turboprop regional airliner, targeting a 2019 launch date. The consortium would include Korea Aerospace Industries and Korean Air Lines.[9]

In November 2012, the company signed the largest deal in its history, with Swiss luxury aviation company VistaJet, to deliver 56 Bombardier Global jets for a total value of $3.1 billion. The deal includes an option for Bombardier to manufacture and sell an additional 86 Global jets, which would value the entire transaction at $7.3 billion.

In January 2014, the parent company cut 1,700 employees from Bombardier Aerospace to save costs due to a 19 percent drop in orders in 2013.[10]

In July 2014, Bombardier reorganized its corporate structure in response to the its underperformance. President Guy Hachey retired and Bombardier Aerospace was split into three divisions: business aircraft, commercial aircraft and aerostructures and engineering services. As part of the corporate overhaul, 1,800 jobs were cut.[11]

Government subsidy controversy[edit]

Brazil and Canada engaged in an international, adjudicated trade dispute over government subsidies to domestic plane-makers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The World Trade Organization decided Brazil ran an illegal subsidy program, Proex, benefiting Brazilian plane-maker Embraer from at least 1999-2000, and that Canada illegally subsidized its indigenous regional airliner industry.


Business jets[edit]

Bombardier Global family[edit]

Bombardier Global landing at Montreal International Airport

In 2010, Bombardier launched an updated family of long-range business jets:[12]

Commercial jets[edit]

Bombardier CSeries CS100 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1) at Mirabel


Cancelled Concepts[edit]

Military Aircraft[edit]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles[edit]


Bombardier Aerospace has manufacturing, engineering and services facilities in 27 countries.[15] The production facilities are located in Canada, the U.S.A, the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) and Mexico.[16]


Bombardier Aerospace fiscal or calendar year delivery of regional, business and amphibious aircraft:

Fiscal/calendar year1999/002000/012001/022002/032003/042004/052005/062006/072007/082008/092009/102010/11201120122013
Total Deliveries292370[24]370[25]298[26]324329[27]337[28]326361[29]353[30]302[31]244[32]245233[33]238[34]
Net orders36369836711201249481388


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aerospace Directory." Bombardier Inc. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "400 Côte-Vertu Road West Dorval, Québec Canada H4S 1Y9." Address in French: "400, chemin de la Côte-Vertu Ouest Dorval (Québec)."
  2. ^ "Inc. - Bombardier - Home". Bombardier. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ A New Bombardier Jet Draws Only Tepid Demand Jet New York Times, July 14, 2008
  4. ^ July 13, 2008 — Farnborough, U.K. Aerospace (2008-07-13). "Bombardier Press Release, July 13, 2008". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Bombardier awards contract to Ghafari to redevelop CSeries Aircraft Manufacturing Complex". ATW Online. 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  6. ^ The Globe and Mail
  7. ^ "Bombardier signs financing deal with China's ICBC Financial Leasing". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Bombardier Aerospace Breaks Ground on New Moroccan Manufacturing Facility
  9. ^ Choi Kyong-Ae (8 October 2012). "South Korea Consortium in Talks With Bombardier About Developing Passenger Plane -Source". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Susan Taylor (January 21, 2014). "Bombardier cuts 1,700 jobs to save cash after jet delays". 
  11. ^ Kristine Owram (26 July 2014). "Bombardier’s aerospace restructuring takes a page from train division". Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "NBAA: PICTURE: Bombardier reveals new Global business jet family". Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  13. ^ a b October 16, 2010 — Atlanta Aerospace (2010-10-16). "Bombardier Grows Its Flagship Global Family with Two New Jets: the Global 7000 and Global 8000 Aircraft". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  14. ^ Bombardier postpones CSeries entry into service until 2015 16 January 2014, retrieved 13 March 2014
  15. ^ - Worldwide Presence
  16. ^ - About Us
  17. ^ Bombardier in Canada
  18. ^ Bombardier in the USA
  19. ^ a b Bombardier in Ontario
  20. ^ "Bombardier Inaugurates Learjet 85 Aircraft Component Manufacturing Facility in Queretaro, Mexico". Reuters (Press release). Bombardier. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  21. ^ - Bombardier in Mexico
  22. ^ - Capabilities
  23. ^ Bombardier Aéronautique Maroc : Démarrage de la production à Casablanca dans une usine provisoire L'Usine Nouvelle, 8 February 2013
  24. ^ Bombardier Posts Record 370 Aircraft Deliveries.
  25. ^ Bombardier Announces That Bombardier Aerospace is On Target With 370 Aircraft Deliveries.
  26. ^ Annual Report Year Ended January 31, 2003 - Bombardier.
  27. ^ Bombardier Delivers 329 Aircraft for Fiscal Year 2004/05: Second Consecutive Year of Increased Deliveries.
  28. ^ Bombardier aircraft – Fiscal year 2005/06 deliveries.
  29. ^ An Exceptional Year for Bombardier Aerospace in Terms of Deliveries and Orders: 361 Aircraft Delivered and 698 Orders Placed in Fiscal Year 2007/08.
  30. ^ Bombardier Aerospace Delivers 353 Aircraft and Records 378 Net Orders in Fiscal Year 2008/09.
  31. ^ Bombardier Aerospace Bombardier Aerospace Delivers 302 Aircraft in Fiscal Year 2009/10.
  32. ^ Bombardier Aerospace Delivers 244 Aircraft in Fiscal Year 2010/11.
  33. ^ Bombardier Aerospace Delivers 233 Aircraft and Receives Orders for 481 Aircraft in 2012.
  34. ^ Bombardier Aerospace Delivers 238 Aircraft and Receives Orders for 388 Aircraft in 2013.


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