Category: Bombardier Aerospace

Higher demand predicted for Bombardier Global 7500 business jet after certification


BBD_Logo_Bk_largeCanadian aircraft leasing company Global Vista, one of the largest customers for Bombardier’s long-range Global 7500 business jet, said on Thursday it expects greater demand for the plane after Canadian and U.S. regulators certify the aircraft.

Bombardier expects Canadian certification this month, a necessity if the Montreal-based plane-and-train maker is to begin delivering its flagship business jet to clients, Reuters reported this week citing sources. Regulator Transport Canada has the final say on timing.

“My personal belief is that after the aircraft is certified there will be pent-up demand because people want to see a certified aircraft,” Vista Global Chairman Thomas Flohr said in a phone interview.

The Global 7500, which is sold out until 2021, is expected to enter service this year and is crucial to Bombardier’s turnaround efforts after it sold a majority stake in its CSeries commercial jetliner program to Europe’s Airbus.

Bombardier has not disclosed the number of orders it has received for the Global 7500, which will challenge U.S rival Gulfstream Aerospace’s dominance of the top end of the market for long-range corporate planes.

The aircraft has a range of 7,700 nautical miles and carries up to 19 passengers and crew.

Flohr said Vista Global, a business aviation group that operates separate divisions aimed at services like leasing and chartering aircraft on a pay-for-hours structure, said he expects to begin taking deliveries from Bombardier in September 2019.

Flohr said he would make delivery slots for the 7500 available to customers through Vista Global’s leasing arm in 2020.

His remarks came after privately held Vista Global on Thursday agreed to buy California-based charter XOJET, which offers on-demand access to its 43 corporate planes through membership programs.

Vista Global expects further consolidation in the fragmented corporate charter market, as part of an industry trend that would help reduce costs and create more uniform standards for private jets.

Flohr would not disclose the deal’s value, or Vista Global’s revenues.

While a hefty supply of used aircraft has prompted planemakers to cut production of new corporate jets in recent years, some forecasters expect sales to pick up between 2019-2027, in line with global GDP growth. Buyers include individuals and corporations, but also owners of fleets who sell either on-demand programs, or equity in a plane through fractional ownership.


Bombardier Learjet pair gain avionics upgrade


Bombardier has introduced an avionics upgrade for its Learjet 70 and 75 business jets, in a move that could help to stimulate demand for the slow-selling light and superlight types.

The pair will be equipped with an enhanced version of the Garmin G5000 suite, with the bespoke software refinements developed in partnership with the US flightdeck specialist.

Bombardier says improvements to the avionics include climb, cruise and descent vertical navigation functions and enhanced take-off and landing performance calculations – all designed to boost the overall efficiency and performance of the aircraft and reduce workload for the pilots.

“Avionics is one of the fastest-evolving systems on a modern aircraft and the upgrade will make sure our Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 business jet customers remain ahead of the curve,” says Bombardier Business Aircraft’s senior vice-president of worldwide sales and marketing, Peter Likoray.

Flight trials are under way on a Learjet 75 demonstrator in Wichita, Kansas, home to Bombardier’s test centre and Learjet manufacturing facility. Certification and service entry are scheduled for the second half of 2019. The upgrade will also be available as a retrofit for existing Learjet 70 and 75 operators.

The pair were introduced in 2012 as revamped versions of the Learjet 40 and 45, featuring more powerful Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines, a new interior and the then-new G5000 touchscreen flightdeck.

Take-up for the aircraft has been sluggish, however. Flight Fleets Analyzer records a global inventory of only 14 Learjet 70s, with the type reaching its annual delivery peak of seven units in 2014.

Shipments of the larger cabin Learjet 75 reached 25 units in 2015, Fleets Analyzer shows, with a total inventory of 113 aircraft recorded worldwide.

Speaking on a second-quarter earnings call in August, Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare attributed the weak demand for the pair to the very competitive and “price sensitive” light jet sector, where the $11.3 million Learjet 70 and $13.8 million Learjet 75 compete against less expensive types.

Despite the sluggish sales, the company plans to keep the production line running at a rate of around 12 a year, says Bellemare, not least to sustain a “strong aftermarket revenue stream” of some 2,000 in-service Learjets.

Biman Signs Order for Three New Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

September 10, 2018 Toronto – Commercial Aircraft, Press ReleaseBBD_Logo_Bk_largeBombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. has ordered three new Q400 turboprops by signing a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).

Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$106 million.

“We are very pleased that Biman is expanding its Q400 fleet with this order for three new aircraft,” said François Cognard, VP, Sales, Asia Pacific. “The Q400’s greater seating and cargo capacity really set it apart from the competition. Furthermore, the Q400’s mix of turboprop economics and jet like performance were the best match for Biman’s mix of short and long-range routes. Operators coming back for more Q400 aircraft really validates the benefits of the aircraft’s unique characteristics.”“We are very excited about adding these Q400s to our fleet. We currently operate two Q400s and without hesitation, we can say that these aircraft are ideal for our domestic and regional operations,” said Mr. A M Mosaddique Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. With its outstanding economics, comfort and operational flexibility, the Q400 will allow us to offer high frequency services within Bangladesh and neighboring countries.”

“We are extremely pleased to be supporting Bombardier in selling their Q400 aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.,” said Ian McLeod, Vice-President of Business Development and Sales for the Canadian Commercial Corporation. “Canada and Bangladesh enjoy strong bi-lateral ties through trade and investment, development cooperation, and people-to-people links. Increasing the capacity of the national carrier supports these efforts and the economic growth of the country; improving their lives of Bangladeshis by increasing their access to domestic and international destinations.”

Airbus-Canada partnership can build a bright future off a storied past

Contributed to The Globe and Mail | 6 September 2018 |  OPINION: Tom Enders

Tom Enders is CEO of Airbus

Canada has a great history of innovation in aerospace – and this country looks set to continue building on that legacy. Airbus aims to be a key partner in Canada’s successful aviation future.

We can do that vital work together because both Airbus and Canada believe in global trade, international co-operation and environmental excellence.

Canadians brought the world one of the first passenger jet airliners ever to fly (the Avro C102 Jetliner in 1949, from which the word “jetliner” entered our vocabulary); launched one of the earliest satellites sent into space (Alouette 1 in 1962); and revolutionized air transportation in smaller cities (with the Canadair Regional Jet). So, there is no doubt – Canada’s history and expertise in aerospace run deep.

Joining that proud list is the truly innovative aircraft developed by Bombardier in Quebec as the C Series – now a new and vital part of the Airbus family as the A220-100 and A220-300. These remarkable aircraft, specifically designed for the 130- to 160-seat market, deliver lower fuel burn, half the noise footprint and decreased emissions – making them true community-minded jetliners.

The market for smaller single-aisle jets is projected to be about 7,000 over the next 20 years, and the A220 has all the credentials it needs to take the lion’s share of that. This is why Airbus has already made and will continue to make considerable investments in this vital, Canada-led program.

Canada has everything necessary to continue to develop its aerospace industry as an engine for future economic growth: a rich pool of existing talent and experience, a dynamic education system that continues to feed that talent pool, a strong supplier network to support all aspects of the industry and a research ecosystem that fuels innovation.

As Al Power of aerospace manufacturer Precision Castparts Corp. put it in a Globe and Mail article last month, there are strong arguments for Canada to look more toward aerospace for economic growth than other more uncertain industries. We see that happening – most recently in this month’s announcement of support by the Quebec and federal governments to Montreal-based CAE, another great Canadian enterprise, to harness new technologies to develop the next generation of aerospace simulation and training products.

Airbus, like CAE, is committed to Canada’s leading role in the aerospace industry of tomorrow – one that is and will remain (despite current nationalistic pressures) a truly global business. Even before the A220 partnership, Airbus – with its more than 1,000 employees and 35-year history in Canada, including our Fort Erie, Ont., helicopter manufacturing facility – was working and spending billions of dollars with more than 600 Canadian suppliers in nine provinces.

Look for this to increase, with the 12,500 direct and indirect jobs supported by the A220 partnership. We also see strong growth potential for our helicopter business as well as space and defence, the latter highlighted by our most recent contract to supply new fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft to the Canadian Armed Forces.

This growth in Canada is one reason why the annual Airbus global supplier conference will take place in Montreal this fall. It is an opportunity to showcase the aviation ecosystem that already exists in this country – and to help create new partnerships and opportunities for Canadian ingenuity on a global scale.

Aviation and aerospace are crucial growth and prosperity drivers for the future. Airbus and Canada, by continuing to work and innovate together, will make it fly.

Bombardier to Offer Future-ready Flight Deck Upgrade on Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 Aircraft

BBD_Logo_Bk_largeSeptember 5, 2018 Montréal

  • The Bombardier Vision flight deck is recognized as one of the most advanced flight decks in the light jet category
  • The latest Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade enhances the aircraft’s capabilities and paves the way for future technological enhancements
  • Bombardier will make the upgrade available on new Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 aircraft or as a retrofit package
  • Learjet 75 aircraft features the quietest and most private cabin in class, an eight-seat double-club configuration, a smooth ride and the only flat floor in the light jet category

Bombardier Business Aircraft and Garmin today announced a significant avionics upgrade for the Bombardier Vision flight deck aboard the Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 aircraft, which are already equipped with one of the category’s most generous and advanced cockpits, powered by the Garmin G5000 avionics suite. The upgrade, currently in flight testing, will enhance the aircraft’s capabilities for customers to access the most favourable routes as well as pave the way for future technological enhancements.

The Learjet 75 aircraft is the best performing productivity business tool in the light category – and the avionics enhancement takes the aircraft to a new level of efficiency and effectiveness. The updated avionics suite will be offered on new Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 business jets with a retrofit on in-service models made available concurrently.

The update to the popular Garmin G5000 avionics suite on the Bombardier Vision flight deck will bring workload reducing improvements, including climb, cruise and descent vertical navigation, enhanced take-off and landing performance calculations and much more. In addition, FANS 1/A+, which will enable customers to access the most efficient and favourable routes, will be offered as an option. It will ensure readiness for modernized airspace requirements and deliver efficiency gains that are expected to lower direct operating costs.

“Avionics is one of the fastest-evolving systems on a modern aircraft and the upgrade will make sure our Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 business jet customers remain ahead of the curve,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet 75 and Learjet 70 aircraft are the definitive business productivity tools for today and tomorrow.”

“Learjet aircraft are symbols of innovation, efficiency and performance and the G5000 update perfectly enhances the performance and reliability of this iconic business jet family,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing. “We are pleased to partner with Bombardier Business Aircraft to provide these highly-anticipated updates to our mutual customers.”

Learjet aircraft are renowned worldwide for their sleek ramp appeal and are favoured by pilots for their handling characteristics and high-performance.

Learjet 70 aircraft: The Learjet 70 aircraft is the most trusted light-midsized business aircraft platform among Fortune 50 and 500 companies. The aircraft offers a smooth ride, top reliability and performance, and its cabin is designed for the utmost comfort – easily accommodating six passengers and two crew members.

Learjet 75 aircraft: As part of the well-established Learjet family, the class-defining Learjet 75 aircraft continues to set the standard by bringing large jet features to a light jet platform. The Learjet 75 aircraft is the only business jet in its class to feature an eight-seat double-club configuration and a flat floor throughout the cabin, offering a smooth ride and the ultimate in comfort.

To view a video of the Learjet 75 Bombardier Vision flight deck featuring Garmin G5000 in perfect harmony:

Bombardier Appoints Danny Di Perna Chief Operating Officer, Aerospace

August 22, 2018 Montréal – Bombardier Inc., Press Release

Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today announced the appointment of Danny Di Perna as Chief Operating Officer, Aerospace, effective September 15, 2018. In this new position, Danny will report directly to Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. and assume responsibility for leading the company’s aerospace engineering, procurement and transformation functions. Bombardier’s Aerostructures and Engineering Services segment will also report to Danny.

“We are thrilled to welcome Danny to the Bombardier leadership team,” said Bellemare. “He is an exceptional and engaging leader, with deep aerospace experience and a proven track record of success improving operational efficiency at leading industrial and aerospace companies.”

“Danny will work closely with me, David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and the rest of the senior leadership team to execute an industrial strategy that supports our production ramp-up, improves our competitive position and accelerates our transformation,” Bellemare continued. “Danny will also play a key role in optimizing our aerospace engineering and product development capabilities to ensure long-term sustainable growth.”

Danny brings more than 30 years of aerospace and industrial experience to Bombardier. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Global Sourcing for GE Power. In this role, Danny was responsible for strategic sourcing, procurement and supplier quality. Prior to that, Danny held a number of senior leadership positions, with United Technologies Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Operations for UTC’s Pratt & Whitney Division and Vice President and General Manager of the Auxiliary Power Division for the Hamilton Sundstrand Division. Before that, Danny held the position of Senior Vice President, Aircraft and Engine Maintenance at Air Canada Technical Services.

Danny began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he held positions of increasing responsibility within engineering, manufacturing and operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University.

“Driving operational excellence and delighting customers with the highest quality and performance is critical to Bombardier’s long-term success,” stated Bellemare. “With Danny’s appointment, and Laurent Troger’s recent appointment of Jim Vounassis as Chief Operating Officer at Bombardier Transportation, we now have the right operational leadership talent to ensure we deliver on our growth potential across the entire portfolio.”

Bombardier Continues African Market Penetration with Pre-Owned Q400

August 13, 2018 Montréal – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Press Release

PassionAir becomes first Bombardier operator in Ghana with three Q400 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.

“Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we continue to be very active on the used aircraft market.” said David Speirs, Vice President, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”

“Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”

The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, Chief Executive Officer, PassionAir. “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalize on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”

About PassionAir

PassionAir is a Ghanaian owned airline, and aims to become the most competitive Aviation Service Provider in Ghana and West Africa. Our focus is on safety and excellent customer service delivery, depicting the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality. Our product lines range from scheduled to chartered flights offered at internationally accepted standards and competitive prices.

PassionAir as start off, will operate flights domestically, with plans of expanding our services to the West African sub-region in the medium term.

Bombardier mulls CRJ production rate increase after backlog hits 60

Double-digit orders from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have pushed  Bombardier’s CRJ backlog to 60 for the first time in nearly two years, as the manufacturer considers a production rate increase next year.

Bombardier’s firm CRJ backlog stood at 60 aircraft at the beginning of the month, executives confirmed during an Aug. 2 earnings call. The OEM delivered five CRJs in the second quarter, while booking a 15-aircraft order from American in early May and a 20-aircraft buy from …

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Certification nears for Bombardier Global 7500


BBD_Logo_Bk_largeBombardier has almost wrapped up certification flight testing on its ultra-long-range Global 7500 and expects to secure approval for the twinjet “shortly”, ahead a first delivery later this year.

Nearly 20 examples of the GE Aviation Passport-powered business jet are in production, said Alain Bellemare, Bombardier chief executive, on a 2 August earnings call.

“Right now, we’re in the final phase of certification. We are almost done with flight testing,” says Bellemare. “So, I mean certification is expected soon.

“We are getting ready for full production. So, the team is hard at work, ramping up.”

Service entry will follow before the year-end, he adds.

In addition, Bombardier has seen a positive reaction to its latest additions – the Global 5500 and 6500, which it unveiled at the EBACE show in May.

The pair are re-engined versions of the Global 5000 and 6000 – gaining new Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 powerplants – and also feature new wings, avionics and cabin systems.

Bellemare says the jets have gained “significant customer traction” from the market. However, he indicates that, so far, few operators have swapped existing orders for the new models.

“In terms of all this phasing from the 5000 and 6000 to the 5500 and 6500, I think it’s too early to tell.

“So, we will see how we build the backlog on the new family, the 55[00] and 65[00]. And at that time, I mean, we’ll be in a better position to understand what the production mix will be,” says Bellemare.

Aside from the Global and Challenger families, Bombardier also owns the Learjet brand. However, orders for the light-jet line have been sluggish in recent years.

Bombardier will produce around a dozen of the aircraft this year, says Bellemare, describing Learjet as a “great franchise” that offers a significant opportunity for aftermarket business from the 2,000-strong installed base.

However, he concedes that as the in-production Learjet 70 and 75 are more expensive than their direct rivals, potential customers might be “looking at other options”.

He says “no decision” has been made over the future of the brand, with Bombardier content to build aircraft at the lower rate.

In the first half, Bombardier delivered 65 business aircraft, in line with the same period last year and its full-year target of 135 shipments.

Bombardier says C Series shift to Airbus allows it to focus on regional planes


With its focus no longer diverted by the aircraft formerly known as the C Series, Bombardier Inc. says it is working to improve the profitability of its regional jets and turboprops by boosting sales and cutting costs.

The Montreal-based transportation giant’s regional aircraft order backlog rose to 116 planes, enough for three years of production that sets it up for the potential to increase production rates. Its commercial aircraft segment won orders for a total of 16 Q400 aircraft and 35 CRJ Series equipped with its new cabin design.

“Adding a little bit of volume here also is very beneficial to those programs as you add units especially at the current rates — that does improve the cost structure,” chief financial officer John Di Bert said Thursday during a conference call about its second-quarter results.

“It’s about continuing to focus on adding volume, it’s about leaning out the cost structure and make sure we have very efficient programs, really focusing on that aftermarket and then we’ll take it from there,” said Di Bert.

Bombardier’s shares increased nearly five per cent at $4.99 in Thursday trading after the company posted strong results and signalled that its turnaround plan remains on track.

“Our solid performance positions us to achieve our free cash flow break even target for this year and more importantly to sustain cash generation well into the future,” Di Bert added.

Bombardier, which reports in U.S. dollars, said overall revenues increased three per cent to $4.26 billion in the second quarter.

Most of the improvement was due to an 11 per cent increase in revenue at Bombardier Transportation, which accounted for $2.26 billion of the total. Revenue fell at Bombardier’s commercial aircraft and business aircraft divisions.

The company achieved a second-quarter profit of $70 million as it posted a $232 million increase free cash flow, helped by $600 million net proceeds from the sale of Downsview airport in Toronto.

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