Category: Bombardier Aerospace

Bombardier’s Challenger 350 Aircraft Outperforms Industry as World’s Most Delivered Business Jet in 2018

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  • Bombardier delivered 60 Challenger 350 aircraft in 2018, capturing 58 per cent of the super mid-size segment
  • Challenger 350 aircraft deliveries outpaced other business jet competitors in 2018, leading the industry for the second consecutive year
  • Challenger 300 series aircraft boast more deliveries in the last decade than any other business jet platform 
  • The Challenger 350 aircraft features an optimally-balanced wing and engine design for an exceptionally smooth ride

March 13, 2019 Montréal Business Aircraft,  Press Release

Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger 350 business jet continued to outperform the competition in 2018 as the world’s most delivered business aircraft, leading in the super mid-size segment deliveries. As detailed in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) annual shipment and billings report published in the first quarter of 2019, Bombardier also led deliveries in the super mid-size segment for a second consecutive year with a total of 60 Challenger 350 aircraft,  representing 58 per cent of deliveries in the super mid-size segment.

Bombardier also delivered 23 of its large-segment Challenger 650 business jets in 2018, and the first in a much-anticipated string of Global 7500 business jet deliveries expected to follow in 2019. The GAMA report revealed a 3.8-per-cent jump in overall business jet deliveries for the year.  

“This is the second consecutive year that our best-selling Challenger 350 business jet has led the pack in the super mid-size segment and in business jet deliveries worldwide across all segments,” says Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “With its unmatched reliability and economics, unrivaled cabin comfort and ultra-smooth ride, this aircraft offers customers an unbeatable value proposition. As business jet shipments show continued strength, we are confident that the Challenger 350 business jet will remain the leading choice of knowledgeable and experienced operators across the globe.”

This latest success builds upon a remarkable tradition of leadership for the popular Challenger 300 platform. In the last decade, the Challenger 300 series aircraft accounted for more deliveries than any other business jet platform in the industry. The tried and true Challenger 300 aircraft series continues to maintain a brisk pace of deliveries, surpassing the 700-delivery mark worldwide in 2018.

Challenger 350 aircraft: Designed with a no-compromise approach, the Challenger 350 aircraft effortlessly blends powerful performance and sleek styling to deliver a class-leading private jet experience. Industry-leading connectivity, immersive sound and ergonomically-positioned touch screens are seamlessly integrated to create an intuitive and incomparable cabin experience. Paired with impressive high-performance attributes, the Challenger 350 aircraft is designed to access challenging airfields, climb faster and cruise efficiently while providing a smooth ride.

The Challenger 350 jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats-full, tanks-full, 3,200 NM (5,926 km) range capability and can connect Los Angeles to Honolulu*, Los Angeles to Anchorage*, or Los Angeles to New York*, while delivering a smooth ride at the lowest direct operating costs in its category.

Bombardier Concludes Sale of its Business Aircraft Training Unit to CAE

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MONTRÉAL, March 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today confirmed the conclusion of the previously announced sale of its flight and technical training activities to CAE, for an enterprise value of $645 million. Net proceeds are expected to be approximately $500 million after the assumption of certain liabilities, fees, and closing adjustments.

“Bombardier and CAE share a deep commitment to providing outstanding support to their customers,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Bombardier’s talented employees and strong relationships with clients, combined with CAE’s network and expertise, will elevate the customer experience. As CAE grows its core training business, Bombardier continues to expand its service offerings and dedicated support, each to the benefit of Bombardier Business Aircraft customers around the world.”

Bombardier and CAE also agreed to continue their Authorized Training Provider (ATP) relationship pursuant to which CAE carries out the training activities for Bombardier Business Aircraft, including from the training centres located in Montréal and Dallas.

Bombardier and Embraer spar over 50-seater replacement

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13 March 2019 by Edward Russell, Orlando – FlightGlobal.com

Bombardier and Embraer have differing views on how to replace the aging 50-seat regional jet fleet around the world.

Montreal-based Bombardier launched the CRJ550, a re-certified variant of the CRJ700 with 50 seats to allow for the addition of a premium product, as a replacement in February, while Embraer insists that the marketplace needs a new technology aircraft.

“The CRJ550 is the 50-seater replacement,” said Ross Mitchell, vice-president of commercial operations at Bombardier, touting the flexibility of the CRJ family at the ISTAT Americas conference in Orlando on 12 March.

The Canadian airframer launched the CRJ550 with United Airlines, whose regional partner GoJet Airlines will initially operate 50 of the aircraft for the Chicago-based carrier. The aircraft will be configured with 10 first class, 20 extra-legroom economy and 20 economy seats.

Scott Kirby, president of United, said earlier in March that the economics Bombardier laid out to the airline work. While unit costs for the aircraft will be higher than for 50-seat regional jets, the unit revenue increase will be greater, he said.

“I was a sceptic… but turns out [Bombardier] could make the economics work,” said Kirby.

Embraer, however, views the CRJ500 as a temporary solution to the 50-seat jet replacement problem.

“It can be a temporary fix for pre-owned aircraft,” said Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing at Embraer Commercial Aircraft, at ISTAT Americas. “As a definitive solution for the 50-seaters, we believe it must be a new technology, a new development.”

No airframer, including Bombardier and Embraer, offer a new technology replacement for 50-seat jets, adds Souza.

There are 1,486 50-seat regional jets, including Bombardier CRJ200s and Embraer ERJ-145s, in service globally, Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows. Of those, 863 are operated by carriers in North America where the likes of American AirlinesDelta Air Linesand United are looking for replacement options.

United‘s decision to add the CRJ500 was driven by a need to offer a premium product in smaller markets where it operates all-economy 50-seat jets coupled with the scope clause in its pilots contract that limits its large dual-class regional jet fleet to 255 aircraft. American and Delta can both operate more larger two-class models.

While United‘s messaging indicates confidence that the CRJ550 could replace its 50-seat jet in the future, airline executives tell FlightGlobal that the economics look good on paper but still need to be proven in day-to-day operation.

The carrier plans to introduce its first CRJ550 this summer on flights from Chicago O’Hare.

Bombardier Global 7500 Aircraft Completes the World’s Longest Range Business Jet Flight in History

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March 4, 2019, Montréal, Bombardier Inc.,  Business Aircraft,

  • Global 7500 jet’s extraordinary 8,152 nm flight is the longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet
  • Flight also sets record for highest speed over longest distance in business aviation history, connecting Singapore to Tucson, AZ*
  • Aircraft landed with fuel reserves well above NBAA requirements; 4,300 lb of remaining fuel represents nearly 1,5 hours of additional flight
  • Aircraft provides the industry’s largest cabin and best cabin experience, perfectly suited for trans-oceanic journeys and an exceptionally smooth ride

Bombardier is proud to announce that its Global 7500aircraft, has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the longest range business jet flight in history**, successfully completing an 8,152-nautical-mile flight non-stop, pushing the boundaries of business travel.

The award-winning business jet departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 7:12 a.m. local time and arrived at Tucson International Airport at 8:19 a.m. local time, completing the long-range speed record flight for the city-pair.

“The Global 7500 aircraft was built to break all the records,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “It achieved the industry’s longest mission ever in business aviation after only two months in service. We’ve demonstrated its unequaled long-range and high speed capabilities, but also its ability to break records confidently with healthy fuel reserves remaining, once again, confirming its unsurpassed performance to customers.”

Since its entry-into-service, the Global 7500 jet has emphatically proven itself to be the highest-performing aircraft in the industry and this record showcases the real-world capabilities of this impressive aircraft. With a top speed of Mach 0.925, theaircraft has unquestionably shown its ability to fly even further than any other business jet with its advertised range of 7,700 nautical miles. The achievement of a flight that reaches 8,152 nautical miles clearly demonstrates that the aircraft is the only business jet with the high-performance capabilities required for long flights. Providing access to these demanding, long-range routes is an invaluable resource for customers.

Over the last two months, the Global 7500 jet has demonstrated exceptional performance and reliability, this first aircraft has completed more than 170 hours of flight around the world.

The Global 7500 aircraft offers spaciousness that is unique among business jets, with its award-winning interior featuring a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces. The Global 7500 aircraft also debuts Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat,which wasmeticulously designed for maximum comfort and will be exclusive to the new Global family of aircraft.

Bombardier to expand Singapore bizjet support centre

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26 February 2019 – Flight Global – by Ellis Taylor, Perth

Bombardier will quadruple the size of its Singapore Service Centre to handle growing aftermarket demand from business jet operators in Asia.

The expanded facility at Seletar Aerospace Park will open in 2020, and will be able to handle over 2,000 visits annually. It will also introduce new customer facilities, a 3,500m2 aircraft painting facility, expanded component repair and overhaul services, heavy structural and composite repair, and a 929m2 integrated parts depot.

“Customers will enjoy access to the complete range of OEM customer service and support right on their doorstep, 24/7, 365 days a year,” says Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier’s vice-president and general manager customer experience.

“This expansion is another key building block in our drive to enhance the accessibility of our OEM expertise for customers worldwide and to solidify our position as a leader in aftermarket services in the Asia-Pacific region, a pivotal growing part of our global network.”

Since it opened in 2014, the existing service centre has grown to employ over 150 staff and has a range of authorisations to service Bombardier’s Global, Challenger, and Learjet aircraft.

Bombardier’s New European Mobile Response Team Aircraft Enters into Service

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February 19, 2019 Montréal Business Aircraft,  Press Release

  • Dedicated Challenger 300 aircraft boosts mobile response capability in Europe and supplements shipping from Frankfurt parts distribution hub
  • Additional mobile response aircraft continues worldwide Customer Experience growth to further enhance product support and services  
  • Challenger 300 mobile response aircraft will provide thorough coverage and skilled OEM support throughout Europe and the Middle East
  • Newly entered-into-service Global 7500 business jet operators to benefit from increased mobile response capability

Bombardier today announced the latest addition to its expanding service and support network – a dedicated Mobile Response Team (MRT) aircraft, based in Frankfurt, Germany. The Challenger 300 aircraft marked its entry-into-service by successfully completing its first mission, providing a European customer with efficient unscheduled maintenance support.

The strategically located Challenger 300 aircraft will deftly supplement the shipping of parts from Bombardier’s main European parts distribution hub at Frankfurt International Airport. Its 3,065-NM (5,646-km) range and impressive Mach 0.83 top speed capability will enhance the MRT’s reach and response times to a fleet size of more than 700 aircraft in Europe and the Middle East.

“With this investment, we are adding expertise and increasing accessibility to OEM support for our European operators and paving the way for the industry’s largest and longest-range business jet – our flagship Global 7500 aircraft – which is now in service,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice-President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The addition of a dedicated Challenger 300 aircraft will augment the worldwide efforts of our MRT, already ranked as one of the most comprehensive onsite, mobile and aircraft-on-ground resolution services in the industry.”

Bombardier Customer Support in Europe: There are a total of seven Bombardier line maintenance stations in Europe located in Luton, UK, Linz, Austria, Paris, Nice and Cannes in France, and Milan and Olbia in Italy. They complement the tip-to-tail heavy maintenance services provided by Bombardier’s newest wholly-owned service centre at London Biggin Hill Airport in the UK and jointly owned Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services in Berlin. Bombardier operators also have access to 12 Authorized Service Facilities in the region.

Bombardier Worldwide Mobile Response Services: In recent months, Bombardier has expanded its customer response capability significantly. Five new Mobile Response Team trucks have been deployed, bringing the current worldwide total to 30. The Challenger 300 aircraft in Frankfurt joins a dedicated Learjet 45 aircraft in Chicago, along with two maintenance control centres (MCCs) in Linz, Austria and Wichita, Kansas. The new MCCs work in conjunction with Bombardier’s Customer Response Centre, which operates 24/7 to streamline customer requests and optimize maintenance support.

Air Canada Enhances Service by Deploying Q400 Aircraft to More Western Canada Regional Markets

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  • Capacity increasing for Vancouver Island, Northern BC, BC Interior, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

MONTREAL, Feb. 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced it will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q-400 Next Gen aircraft.  The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.

“Air Canada is strategically enhancing the flying experience and increasing capacity this summer on key regional routes in Western Canada.  The ultra-quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient and faster Q-400 aircraft will be well-received by our customers and is larger than the regional aircraft it is replacing.  We are pleased to deploy it to more communities in Western Canada as we further strengthen our regional network to optimize all significant connections between our extensive regional and global markets,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada. “With our varied and flexible fleet, we are also adding frequencies to our Vancouver-Anchorage and adding capacity to our Calgary-Winnipeg route with larger Airbus aircraft in response to demand.”

Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP are scheduled to provide convenient, point-to-point travel, as well as easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Vancouver and Calgary.  Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges at main airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Increased services this summer peak compared to last year include:

RouteFrequenciesCapacity
Vancouver-Nanaimo7 daily Q-400 flights546 daily seats, 14% increase
Vancouver-Comox4 daily Q-400 flights312 daily seats, 23% increase
Vancouver-Sandspit2 daily Q-400 flights156 daily seats, 52% increase
Vancouver-Prince Rupert2 daily Q-400 flights156 daily seats, 5% increase
Vancouver-Smithers2 daily Q-400 flights156 daily seats, 14% increase
Vancouver-Kamloops4 daily Q-400 flights312 daily seats, 25% increase
Vancouver-Penticton3 daily Q-400 flights234 daily seats, 17% increase
Calgary-Kelowna3 daily Q-400 flights234 daily seats, 13% increase
Calgary-Saskatoon4 daily Q-400 flights312 daily seats, 7% increase
Calgary-Winnipeg2 daily A320 + 1 daily CR-900 flights368 daily seats, 19% increase
Vancouver-Anchorage1 daily 320 and 1 daily 319 flight266 daily seats, 80% increase

Bombardier Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

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  • EBIT before special items(1) up 42% year-over-year to more than $1.0B on revenues of $16.2B for the year; EBIT increased 235% year-over-year to $1.0 billion

  • 2018 EBIT margin before special items(1) up 180 bps year-over-year to 6.3%; EBIT margin of 6.2%

  • Full year free cash flow(1) of $182M, comprising proceeds from certain transactions, including $1.0B of cash generation in the fourth quarter; full year cash flows from operating activities of $597M

  • Strong backlog growth at Business Aircraft and Transportation, with full year book-to-bill ratios(2) of 1.1 at both segments, and a consolidated backlog of $53.1B

  • 2019 guidance affirmed, clear path to achieve 2020 objectives

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, highlighting solid margin growth, improved cash flows and continued progress executing its turnaround plan. The successful entry-into-service of the Global 7500 business jet in the fourth quarter also marked the completion of Bombardier’s heavy investment cycle, a key milestone in the company’s turnaround plan.

“2018 was a year of solid progress,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “We continued to strengthen our business and set a strong foundation for growth. A foundation that includes a refreshed portfolio of best-in-class products, industry-leading backlogs and a more streamlined cost structure, all of which gives us a clear path to achieve our 2020 objectives.”

“As we begin the fourth year of our turnaround journey, Bombardier is a much stronger company,” continued Bellemare. “Our major program risks are retired, our heavy investment cycle is behind us and our franchises are well positioned for growth. For 2019, we are focused on flawless execution of our rail projects, the ramp-up of the Global 7500 and entry-into-service of the Global 5500 and Global 6500. We will also continue to drive financial performance through disciplined capital allocation and improved productivity and efficiency across the organization.”

Bombardier’s 2018 consolidated revenues reached $16.2 billion, reflecting 3% average year-over-year growth across Transportation, Business Aircraft and Aerostructures, excluding currency impact. Book-to-bill ratios(2) at Transportation and Business Aircraft both equaled 1.1 for the year, demonstrating strong demand for Bombardier’s products and services. Bombardier’s consolidated backlog reached $53.1 billion at the end of 2018, supporting future growth targets.

EBIT before special items continued to improve in 2018, increasing 42% year-over-year from $725 million to more than $1.0 billion, the top-end of the company’s guidance. The 6.3% EBIT margin before special items in 2018 represents a strong 330 bps increase since the start of the turnaround plan in 2015, well above the 5-6% range originally targeted. On a reported basis, EBIT increased 235% year-over-year to $1.0 billion, representing a margin of 6.2%.

Bombardier generated $1.0 billion of free cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2018. Full year free cash flow generation equaled $182 million, at the high end of the company’s revised guidance. This amount includes aggregate net proceeds of approximately $750 million from the sale of the Downsview property and the monetization of royalties associated with the previously announced CAE transaction. Cash flows from operating activities amounted to $597 million for the full year, and to $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter. Bombardier ended the year in a solid cash position, with $3.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents.

Bombardier’s Award-winning Global 7500 Business Jet Certified by European Aviation Safety Agency

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February 7, 2019 Montréal Business Aircraft

  • Industry’s largest and longest range business jet, the Global 7500 aircraft is in a class of its own and entered into service in 2018
  • EASA certification allows the Global 7500 aircraft to be registered in a European Union country
  • Global 7500 aircraft offers Bombardier’s signature smooth ride and superior field performance, perfect for operating from key challenging airports in Europe

Bombardier is proud to announce that the industry flagship business jet, the Global 7500 aircraft, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, validating the requirement for the aircraft’s operation in Europe.

“We’ve transformed business aviation with the Global 7500 jet,” said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Program Management and Engineering, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With the longest range in the industry, the aircraft can connect more international cities nonstop, opening many destinations to our customers.”

The Global 7500 business jet earned its type certification from Transport Canada in September 2018, followed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November 2018, both within only 24 months after the first flight of FTV1. The aircraft entered service in December 2018.

The Global 7500 aircraft has demonstrated its ability to fly further than any other business jet by expanding its advertised range to 7,700 nautical miles, a full 300 nautical miles further than initial commitments. Not only does the Global 7500 aircraft provide more range than any other competitor, it can do so from the most difficult locations around the world: the Global 7500jet exceeded takeoff and landing performance commitments, allowing for exceptional capability from Europe’s most desirable and challenging destinations such as Sion and St. Moritz, Switzerland*. These achievements have enabled the Global 7500aircraft to push the boundaries of business travel by resetting the bar for long-haul missions in the industry. The Global 7500aircraft is the only business jet that connects New York to Hong Kong and Singapore to San Francisco nonstop, flying eight passengers with standard NBAA IFR fuel reserves.*

The Global 7500 aircraft offers not only its signature smooth ride, but also an elevated cabin experience, with spaciousness that is unique among business jets, and its award-winning interior featuring a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces. The Global 7500 aircraft also debuts Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat,which wasmeticulously designed for maximum comfort and will be exclusive to the new Global family of aircraft.

Bombardier Launches New Innovative 50-Seater Aircraft

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February 6, 2019 Montréal Commercial Aircraft

  • The CRJ550 is a new aircraft type based on the CRJ700 platform, within Bombardier’s successful CRJ family
  • This aircraft model is the first triple-class 50-seat aircraft in the world

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is pleased to officially launch the new CRJ550 aircraft, the first triple-class 50-seat aircraft in the world designed to meet the expectations of today’s passengers. The CRJ550 is a new CRJ Series aircraft model, with a new type certificate based on the CRJ700. United Airlines is the launch customer of this new model.

“The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of ageing 50-seaters, a market of over 700 aircraft, said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. It offers improved passenger experience with ample on-board storage for carry-on bags and more passenger living space. This is one more example of how we are focusing on creating value for our customers and a very important endorsement from United in regards to the CRJ platform.”

The CRJ550 will feature a self-serve beverage and snack station and more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by any U.S. carrier, in addition to all the benefits for which the CRJ Series aircraft are known.

With the CRJ550, the CRJ Series is the only family of regional aircraft that can offer 3-class cabin across all-market segments, while meeting the current operational requirements. One of the key benefits for the US operators will be to leverage the cockpit commonality from the CRJ200 to the CRJ900. The CRJ550 will also delight operators by delivering a 99.5 per cent proven dispatch reliability, the elimination of gate check bags, and providing connectivity.