Bombardier Delivers First Global 7500 Aircraft in Indonesia

  • The world’s longest-range and most luxurious business jet joins a growing fleet of Global 7500 aircraft worldwide
  • Bombardier’s refreshed portfolio of Global aircraft, engineered for comfort, wellness, convenience and a smooth ride, have long-range capabilities that make them ideally suited to customers in the Asia-Pacific region

MONTREAL, June 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce the arrival of the first Global 7500 business jet in Indonesia. This award-winning aircraft was recently delivered to an undisclosed customer based in Jakarta.

With a worldwide fleet numbering more than 50 aircraft, the Global 7500 business jet continues to exceed expectations and reinforce its position as the industry flagship. This unparalleled aircraft is also growing its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with Global 7500 business jets now based in multiple countries including Japan, Australia, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Bombardier’s entire portfolio is generating strong interest in the Asia-Pacific region, where a new generation of business jet users is emerging in the wake of the pandemic. With its refreshed Global family of large-cabin business jets and its best-selling Challenger platform, Bombardier is well-positioned to meet this growing demand.

“Global aircraft are designed to deliver the ultimate in luxury, performance and smooth ride over long-distance flights, making them ideally suited to customers in the Asia-Pacific region who are looking to connect far-flung city pairs,” said Nilesh Pattanayak, Regional Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, Bombardier. “The ultra-long-range Global 7500 aircraft opens up a world of possibilities for convenient and productive travel.”

The Global 7500 aircraft, with a maximum range of 7,700 nautical miles, can take passengers non-stop from Jakarta to Seattle, Singapore to San Francisco, Tokyo to New York and Melbourne to Los Angeles. Passengers can enjoy such long-distance flights in absolute comfort thanks to this aircraft’s four spacious living areas and patented Nuage seating collection. Exclusive innovations such as the Soleil lighting system, designed to combat jet lag, and the Smooth Flĕx Wing, delivering the smoothest ride, allow passengers to arrive refreshed and rejuvenated.

As more passengers look to business travel for convenience and peace of mind, the Bombardier Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft are also ideal for the Asia-Pacific market, featuring class-leading range, cabin size and the smoothest ride. With a 5,900 nautical-mile range, the Global 5500 aircraft can whisk passengers non-stop from Perth to Dubai, while the Global 6500 aircraft, featuring a 6,600 nautical-mile range, can connect Singapore to Rome nonstop.

All Bombardier Global aircraft are equipped with Pũr Air, a sophisticated air purification and circulation system with an advanced and scientifically proven HEPA filter, capturing up to 99.99% of allergens, bacteria and viruses.

Bombardier is significantly expanding its customer service footprint in the Asia-Pacific region with the creation of a state-of-the-art customer service centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia. The facility is targeted to be operational in 2022. Meanwhile, the ambitious expansion of Bombardier’s Singapore Service Centre is ongoing. This site at the Seletar Aerospace Park will quadruple the operation’s footprint, making it the largest OEM-owned business aviation maintenance facility in the region.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

De Havilland begins ‘decommissioning’ Downsview production site, but could retain presence

From Flight Global – link to source story

By Jon Hemmerdinger | 17 June 2021

De Havilland Canada has started “decommissioning” its Dash 8-400 manufacturing site in Toronto and will soon pause production, but remains hopeful in retaining some presence at the site in the city’s Downsview section.

Dash 8-400 production is still ongoing as the company works through its remaining order backlog, De Havilland tells FlightGlobal.

“De Havilland Canada will complete the pause process over the next few weeks as these aircraft flow through the line,” it adds. “We have also begun a very methodical process of decommissioning the Downsview facility and capturing and safely securing all of our production jigs, fixtures and equipment to enable an efficient restart when market conditions permit.”

PAL Airlines Dash
Source: PAL Airlines
A PAL Airlines De Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprop

In February, De Havilland said it would pause Dash 8 production after filling all outstanding orders. In disclosing that decision, which came nearly one year into the Covid-19 pandemic, De Havilland said “industry circumstances have hindered the ability to confirm new aircraft sales”.

De Havilland has 12 Dash 8-400s remaining on order, according to Cirium data.

Also, De Havilland’s lease on the Downsview facility expires this year, and the owner of the facility intends to decommission the site’s adjacent runway by June 2023, De Havilland says.

“However, both the landlords and De Havilland Canada are keen to see the De Havilland name remain at the site and are having discussions to that end,” the company adds. “We hope to have presence at the site for an extended time frame and are in discussions with our current landlord.”

De Havilland does not provide more details.

Bombardier sold the Dash 8 programme in 2019 to De Havilland, a unit of Longview Aviation Capital, for $285 million. Bombardier had been leasing the Downsview site since selling it in 2018 to Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

“We have begun the first phase of our move-out plan with the capture of all of our Dash 8 production equipment,” De Havilland says.

The company is also “progressing on the completion of the carve-out from Bombardier”, investing in three areas to complete that process. Those include investments in information technology and customer support, which will enable the company to “exit Bombardier’s IT network”.

De Havilland is also investing to create its own global parts distribution network and spending money to secure its manufacturing intellectual property ahead of leaving the Downsview site, it says.

“De Havilland Canada is executing a phased plan that will move us back into production once the industry recovers and demand for new aircraft improves,” it adds. “There are many viable locations for a production restart, but until we complete work in subsequent phases we won’t comment.”

Bombardier Announces Launch of its New Issuance of Senior Notes due 2026 & Announces Notice of Redemption for All of its 8.750% Senior Notes due 2021

MONTREAL, June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Inc. (“Bombardier”) today announced that it has launched an offering of US$1,000,000,000 aggregate principal amount of new Senior Notes due 2026 (the “New Notes”).

The net proceeds of the offering of New Notes are expected to be used to finance Bombardier’s tender offer for certain of its outstanding 5.750% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “5.750% 2022 Notes”), 6.000% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “6.000% 2022 Notes”), and 6.125% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”) (the “Tender Offer”), and the remainder for general corporate purposes, including the repayment and/or retirement of other outstanding debt.

Consummation of the offering of the New Notes and of the Tender Offer are subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance that Bombardier will be able to successfully complete these transactions on the terms described above, or at all.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or buy or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, sale or purchase of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation, sale or purchase would be unlawful.

The New Notes mentioned herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, any state securities laws or the laws of any other jurisdiction, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. The New Notes mentioned herein may be offered and sold in the United States only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act and outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act. The New Notes mentioned herein have not been and will not be qualified for distribution to the public under applicable Canadian securities laws and, accordingly, any offer and sale of the securities in Canada will be made on a basis which is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws. The New Notes will be offered and sold in Canada on a private placement basis only to “accredited investors” pursuant to certain prospectus exemptions.

The Tender Offer mentioned herein will be conducted in accordance with a separate Offer to Purchase relating thereto, which contains the terms and conditions of such Tender Offer, subject to amendment or waiver by Bombardier, which include, among other things, an aggregate total tender purchase price, a cap on the aggregate purchase price for the 2023 Notes, priorities among series of notes, possible proration, an early tender premium and a financing condition relating to completion of the offering of New Notes.


Bombardier Announces Notice of Redemption for All of its 8.750% Senior Notes due 2021

MONTRÉAL, June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Inc. (“Bombardier”) today announced that it has issued a notice of redemption for all of its outstanding 8.750% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “Notes”). As set forth in the notice of redemption issued today pursuant to the terms of the indenture governing the Notes, the redemption date is July 2, 2021, and the redemption price will be calculated on June 28, 2021. Bombardier will disclose the redemption price by press release on June 28, 2021.

Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Confirms Deal with U.S. Air Force for up to Six More Global Aircraft in Special Mission Configuration

  • Global business jets are the backbone of the U.S. Air Force Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, and a go-to platform for special missions around the world
  • BACN aircraft, known in the U.S. Air Force as the E-11A, are developed and modified by Bombardier’s highly skilled engineering teams in Wichita, Kansas
  • Contract, which includes one firm aircraft order, underscores Bombardier’s status as a key U.S. aerospace employer

WICHITA, Kansas, June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to confirm an agreement between its Learjet Inc. subsidiary and the U.S. Air Force in support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides the USAF with flexible ordering and includes an immediate firm order for one Global 6000 aircraft, with as many as five additional Global 6000 aircraft. The contract, which includes engineering and modification work, represents a potential total value of close to $465 million U.S.

Bombardier has already delivered four Global aircraft to the U.S. Air Force since 2007 for the BACN program, an airborne relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems. BACN aircraft are known in the U.S. Air Force as the E-11A.

“Bombardier is proud to be chosen once again by the U.S. Air Force to provide our high-performing Global aircraft and our unique expertise in support of the BACN program,” said Michel Ouellette, Executive Vice President, Specialized Aircraft, Programs and Engineering, Bombardier. “Our U.S.-based employees are honored to be lending their skills in support of this elite project.”

Bombardier teams in the U.S., who continue to provide in-service support and upgrades to the current BACN fleet, are poised to begin work on the next BACN aircraft in the coming days. Engineers and technicians at Bombardier Specialized Aircraft’s Center of Excellence in Wichita, Kansas, will modify the Global platform to support the communications equipment required for the mission, while teams in Tucson will provide the aircraft’s interior and eventually perform the exterior painting work.

Proud to be a major employer in the U.S. aviation sector, Bombardier works with local colleges and technical schools to help inspire and train the next generation of aerospace professionals.

Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) had the following statement: “I am pleased to see that the Air Force is following through on its purchase of another E-11A aircraft to support battlefield communications for forward-deployed forces. These planes are engineered and outfitted for the Air Force right here in Wichita, and this purchase is the latest example of Kansans supporting our national security operations back at home.”

“Supporting the U.S. Air Force’s BACN program while increasing work for Kansas aviation manufacturers is a win for the Air Capital of the World and for our country,” said U.S. Representative Ron Estes (R-Kansas). “These Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft modified and tested in Wichita give our airmen a competitive advantage in flight and communication.”

“I’m proud to support the Air Force’s acquisition of additional E-11A BACN aircraft from Bombardier,” said U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona). “The BACN aircraft fleet connects our warfighters and allies during critical missions and supports highly skilled jobs right here in Tucson at Bombardier’s service center. I look forward to continuing to support the Air Force’s BACN program as a member of the Appropriations Committee.”   

Bombardier Global aircraft, renowned in the business aviation industry for range, spaciousness and a smooth ride, are a proven, go-to platform for special government missions thanks to their speed, payload capacity, built-in power redundancy, reliability and endurance.

Bombardier Specialized Aircraft designs, develops and delivers a range of capabilities to operators around the world for a wide variety of missions including surveillance and reconnaissance, medical evacuations and VIP transport. Solutions range from turnkey packages comprising the complete design, building, testing and certification activity, through to specialist engineering support and technical oversight of customer-specific projects. For more information, please visit specializedaircraft.bombardier.com

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Bombardier Collaborates with Sterling for Enhanced Worldwide Customer Support of Parts Shipments

Fully integrated solution for parts delivery further bolsters responsiveness and complements Bombardier’s extensive parts network

  • Bombardier can now access a network of aircraft for parts dispatch to customers worldwide
  • Enhanced parts delivery capability complements Bombardier’s rapidly growing customer service network, which is currently expanding by more than 50%

MONTRÉAL, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today announced its collaboration with Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, a global leader in aviation transportation and logistics to enhance worldwide dispatch of parts for its customers. The collaboration provides Bombardier with access to a network of aircraft, based across five continents, with which to deliver a wide variety of parts to customers quickly and efficiently in the event of an aircraft on ground (AOG) situation.

“Our customers deserve fast and effortless AOG resolution and our collaboration with Sterling, an industry leader in providing AOG Logistics around the globe, allows us to quickly and efficiently deliver the parts our customers need,” said Andy Nureddin, Vice President, Customer Support, Bombardier. “We are delighted to further enhance our portfolio of solutions, and we are proud to add this offering to the ways in which we can be there for our customers when and where they need us.”

“We are very excited to provide global logistics support to Bombardier’s enhanced parts delivery solutions for their customers and are proud of our long-standing strategic collaboration of over 15 years,” said Robert Broderick, Executive Vice President, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics.

Bombardier customers can fly with confidence knowing that they have the backing of one of the industry’s most expansive parts distribution networks with parts facilities located across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Shipping more than 350,000 parts annually with an impressive network-wide parts availability rate of 96%, Bombardier’s sophisticated inventory management system maximizes parts availability, shipping and tracking 24/7. Customers who buy parts from Bombardier can continue to benefit from a two-year parts warranty guarantee and price matching.

The enhanced parts delivery service is one of many solutions available to customers in need of immediate assistance. Bombardier’s Mobile Response Team boasts world-class AOG coverage with 30 mobile response team trucks worldwide. Additionally, customers can count on Bombardier for support of structural repairs for its leading family of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. These high-quality repair solutions are available at one single point of contact through Bombardier’s Customer Response Centre (CRC) at +1-866-538-1247 (North America) and +1-514-855-2999 (outside of North America).

The cross-functional CRC teams at Bombardier are also empowered with state-of-the art tools and technology and are backed by Bombardier’s aircraft engineering expertise. Bombardier continues to reinforce its ongoing commitment to providing its customers with the most comprehensive onsite, mobile and aircraft-on-ground resolution services in the industry.

This announcement is the latest in a series aimed at enhancing Bombardier’s worldwide customer service network and increasing its infrastructure footprint by 50%. These include the expansion of Bombardier’s service centre network in Berlin, Miami, Biggin Hill, London, Singapore and the new service centre to be built in Melbourne, Australia; new Line Maintenance Stations (LMS) at strategic locations in the U.S, Europe; as well as new products and services for customers, including the next steps in Bombardier’s digital transformation.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

News and information is available at bombardier.com.

About Sterling Global Aviation Logistics
Since 1981, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, a Kuehne and Nagel company, has been helping aviation clients with their worldwide priority shipping, transporting valuable aircraft parts swiftly and efficiently. Sterling specializes in shipping AOG aircraft parts, heavy weight or oversized freight, and dangerous goods, while keeping down time to a minimum. With a focus on providing global AOG Logistics, Sterling is at the forefront of innovations, offering precision, individualized service and dependability.

More information is available at www.sterlingaog.aero.

Bombardier Announces Further Deleveraging Actions with Full Repayment of its 6⅛% Senior Notes Due 2021

MONTRÉAL, May 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today announced that, as part of its plan to enhance profitability and deleverage its balance sheet, it has completed the repayment in full and complete discharge of its 6⅛% Senior Notes due May 15, 2021 utilizing its available liquidities. The payout was in the amount of EUR 426,663,291 covering the outstanding principal amount as well as accrued interest.

During its March 4, 2021 Investor Day, Bombardier outlined its five-year plan based on four strategic priorities: maturing the flagship Global 7500 aircraft program, increasing productivity and profitability, growth of the aftermarket business and reshaping and strengthening its balance sheet.

“We have taken decisive action to deliver on our commitment of de-leveraging Bombardier’s balance sheet on our path to becoming a more profitable company,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier. “In March, we presented a holistic plan to re-shape Bombardier and, in the short period of time since, we have made significant progress. Backed by solid first quarter results, executing our strategy predictably is our key focus and is designed to position Bombardier to realize its full potential, enhance value for customers and shareholders, all while maintaining a keen focus on employee engagement and sustainability efforts within our operations, product families and the community.”

About Bombardier

Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Bombardier’s U.S. Service Centres Each Capture 2020 FAA Diamond Award of Excellence, Building on Strong Reputation for Outstanding Service

  • Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award of Excellence is the industry’s highest honour for aviation maintenance
  • Bombardier’s U.S.-based service technicians performed close to two million maintenance hours in 2020, including 200 major maintenance inspections
  • Bombardier facilities remained open throughout the pandemic, servicing aircraft and assisting customers in times of need

MONTRÉAL, May 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier announced today that its five U.S.-based service centres have each received the 2020 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award of Excellence, the industry’s highest recognition award for aircraft maintenance.

Sponsored by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), collectively these awards reflect Bombardier’s commitment to supporting its customers as it delivers a world-class customer experience through its highly skilled maintenance technicians, dedicated support staff and pursuit of service excellence through continuous learning and training opportunities for its various service teams.

“The AMT Diamond Award of Excellence is the industry’s highest honour for aviation maintenance and it shines a light on the outstanding expertise displayed by all of our teams within our service network,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier. “These awards reflect the flexibility and creativity of our teams to provide the highest maintenance standards possible.”

The AMT Diamond Award of Excellence is presented to organizations that provide 100 per cent of their eligible technicians with regulatory, airworthiness and safety awareness training programs within a given year. Bombardier’s U.S.-based facilities have consistently received recognition with FAA Diamond Awards for several years, highlighting the exemplary levels of service displayed by the teams.

In 2020 alone, U.S.-based technicians performed close to two million hours on 6,600 work orders servicing some 1,700 aircraft. Key maintenance procedures included more than 20 Global aircraft 120-month inspections, 25 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B Out) procedures, 12 Future Air Navigation (FANS) installs, nine Collins Pro Line 21 and Pro Line 21 Advanced installations.

With recent announcements underscoring service centre growth and expansion in Melbourne, Australia, Biggin Hill, U.K, Miami-Dade County, U.S.A., and Berlin, Germany, the introduction of several exciting new products and services and the latest developments in the Smart Link Plus program, Bombardier continues to build on its commitment to provide customers with the industry’s best service experience.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

New Apprenticeship Program at Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill Service Centre Training Next Generation of Aircraft Technicians

  • Inaugural 36-month apprenticeship program with 16 apprentices in first cohort of advanced aircraft maintenance engineering course
  • Virtual classroom and on-site modules provide agile training environment for students to attain critical “B” Licence certification
  • Graduates will have the opportunity to earn full-time positions at expanding London Biggin Hill Service Centre establishing infusion of talent and skills
  • Gillian Keegan, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, Department for Education, to visit May 13 to interact with apprentices and tour facility

BIGGIN HILL, United Kingdom, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce the introduction of its comprehensive, new apprenticeship program at its London Biggin Hill Service Centre with its first cohort of maintenance apprentices becoming immersed in the aircraft maintenance training program. Sixteen men and women make up the 36-month program’s first apprentice cohort, which kicked off in March. The combination of virtual classroom and onsite training provides apprentices with an agile, in-depth learning environment to achieve their critical EASA part 66 modules (B Licence) Certification as well as a Level 4 City & Guilds Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation.

The London Biggin Hill Service Centre apprenticeship program is a collaboration between Bombardier and Seetec, an experienced provider of training and apprenticeships. It is supported by KLM UK Engineering Ltd and the Department for Education. Upon completion of the program, graduates have an opportunity to earn full-time positions as maintenance technicians at the London Biggin Hill Service Centre, establishing an invaluable infusion of talented, skilled technicians at the facility. The program is one more example of how Bombardier is working closely with various communities worldwide to establish a strong pipeline of aerospace talent.

“Indispensable apprenticeship programs provide qualified students with an important pathway to an exciting aerospace career – a powerful gateway to exciting, new opportunities. It’s an honour to provide future generations of aircraft technicians with essential training for the next steps in their aircraft maintenance careers,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier. “Our world-class London Biggin Hill facility offers these students the best on-the-job training possible in a technologically advanced workplace environment – with the possibility for full-time employment at the facility upon graduation.”

“Apprenticeships play a vital role in helping to rebuild our economy by enhancing workforces, boosting skills and developing talent for the future, as we focus on our recovery from the pandemic and continue to build back better,” said Gillian Keegan, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister at the Department for Education. “It is great to see Bombardier’s continued investment in apprenticeships and its their commitment to giving people the chance to train and launch fantastic careers. Bombardier’s innovative new program presents a brilliant opportunity for first-class training and superb future job prospects. I wish all of those involved the best of luck for their journeys ahead.”

Bombardier has worked closely with Seetec, an employee-owned business group based in the UK and Ireland, to develop its apprenticeship program. Seetec Outsource is a business division within the group that provides apprenticeships, adult education and wider skills opportunities. It achieves this by providing essential training and support to learners, so that they are armed with the skills to further their career ambitions.

“Seetec is delighted to be working with Bombardier with the support of KLM UK Engineering Ltd to move forward with this new aircraft maintenance apprenticeship program,” said Neil Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource. “By focusing on a skills-led recovery that develops talented apprentices to become part of the aviation industry’s skilled workforce of the future, more progress can be made to help the sector rebound after navigating a challenging operating environment during the pandemic. The Skills Minister’s visit to Biggin Hill also draws an important focus on the aviation industry’s recovery and the need to invest in science, technology, engineering and maths skills to boost the country’s competitiveness in a post-COVID world.”

KLM UK Engineering team is also playing an important role, providing the “B” Licence certificate training portion of the program via an online learning environment. “KLM UK Engineering Ltd is delighted to be able to support Bombardier and Seetec apprentices in studying to gain their B licence certification, via our online virtual learning environment (VLE) and instructor led sessions,” said Chris Tubby, Sales Manager Technical Training KLM UK Engineering Ltd. “Our VLE allows the apprentices to study anytime, anywhere, while benefiting from the experience of our qualified instructors. We currently support over 1,000 students around the world who are studying on our VLE, with exam centres in Malaysia, Dubai and China to help support them to start their engineering career. KLM UK Engineering, part of the Air France industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance network, has a 40-year history of developing apprentices for its own heavy maintenance facility in Norwich maintaining Embraer 170/190 and Boeing 737 family aircrafts and is proud to continue to support the next generation of engineers entering the aviation sector.”

Established in 2017, Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill service centre is an invaluable support facility strategically located in London that offers heavy maintenance capabilities on LearjetChallenger and Global aircraft. The site is fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications and avionics installations, as well as paint repair services.

Currently in the midst of a significant expansion to be completed by 2022 adding enhanced maintenance capabilities to service up to 25 aircraft – including the industry flagship Global 7500 aircraft – the enhancement of the facility and its maintenance capabilities is a testament to Bombardier’s unwavering commitment to providing customers with worldwide industry-leading services and the OEM expertise they rightfully demand and deserve. The influx of skilled workers this apprenticeship program will provide will ensure the site is well positioned for growth in the next several years.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

News and information is available at bombardier.com

Airshare Plans to Double Fractional Fleet with Addition of Bombardier’s Best-Selling Challenger 350 Business Jets

  • Airshare announces purchase of three Challenger 350 aircraft for delivery by year end with options for an additional 17 business jets over the next few years
  • Market-leading Challenger 350 aircraft is ideally suited to launch Airshare into super midsize segment
  • The high-performing Challenger 350 aircraft is the undisputed champion of successful fleet operators
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MONTREAL, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today welcomed Airshare as its newest fleet operator for its best-selling Challenger 350 business jets. Airshare has ordered three super midsize Challenger 350 aircraft, with options for 17 more, which will enable the Kansas City-based private aviation company to double the size of its fractional ownership fleet in the near future.

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“We appreciate the confidence Airshare has expressed in our Challenger 350 aircraft. This jet is the all-round performer. No other aircraft in the category comes close to its superior reliability, range, speed, performance, cabin experience and operating costs,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier. “Airshare is one of the most successful fractional programs in the country. We are proud they have chosen the Challenger 350 aircraft to anchor their fleet, and we are extremely excited about the potential of this long-term partnership.”

“The addition of super midsize jets into our fleet represents a significant milestone in our vision to intelligently expand the Airshare brand nationally,” said John Owen, President and CEO of Airshare. “Considerable due diligence went into choosing the Challenger 350 business jet, with input from our current customers and contributions from every department in the company. Partnering with Bombardier puts us in an excellent position to attract future customers who have wanted to join our program but desired a larger aircraft with greater range, while also ensuring we continue to deliver best-in-class service that has become synonymous with Airshare.”

Airshare selected the Challenger 350 aircraft as the catalyst for strategically expanding its revolutionary fractional ownership program beyond its core markets in the central United States, with the goal to soon begin serving customers on the East Coast. Airshare’s days-based program appeals to both business and leisure travelers seeking to maximize their efficiency and productivity.

Airshare’s fractional program provides each owner of a 1/16th share with 20 days and unlimited flight time (based on a customer’s allocation of days with a maximum 14-hour crew duty day). When Airshare shareowners begin and end in the same location, while keeping the aircraft and crew with them, they save up to 35 per cent off their hourly rate. Having the pilots and aircraft stay with shareowners as they travel provides the ultimate in flexibility as they are able to visit multiple locations and adjust their schedules at a moment’s notice.

Airshare also offers its own jet card program, EMBARK, as well as aircraft management, on-demand charter and maintenance services.

In 2020, the Challenger 350 business jet once again cemented its position as the most-delivered business jet in the Medium category seven years in a row. A true powerhouse in the industry, the Challenger 350 aircraft sets the standard by which other super midsize aircraft are compared.

To complement its superior performance capabilities, Bombardier continues to introduce value-added enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft cabin, including an expanded selection of stylish interior design schemes, high-speed Ka-band connectivity and an advanced cabin management system. The Challenger 350 aircraft also sets the benchmark for its impressive dispatch reliability rate along with the lowest direct operating costs in its category, thanks to affordable maintenance programs and longer maintenance intervals than any competitor.

About Airshare
Airshare is the safe and simple way to fly private. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., the private aviation company serves fractional shareowners and EMBARK® jet cardholders across the central United States. Airshare has received IS-BAO Stage 3 and ARGUS Platinum designations, meeting the highest international standards for safe flight operations. The company operates a fleet of super midsize and light jets within their fractional and EMBARK programs. Airshare provides whole aircraft management and charter services nationwide, while also providing comprehensive maintenance services for third-party aircraft. For more information visit www.flyairshare.com.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Bombardier Celebrates 15-year Anniversary of its Querétaro, Mexico, Site as Facility Delivers the 100th Global 7500 Aircraft Rear Fuselage

  • Anniversary marks Bombardier’s long-term commitment and contribution to the development of a leading aerospace industry in Mexico
  • Completion of the 100th Global 7500 aircraft rear fuselage by Querétaro’s dedicated and skilled employees marks another significant milestone in the flagship program’s learning curve acceleration

QUERÉTARO, Mexico, May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is proud to announce the 15-year anniversary of its world-class manufacturing operations in Querétaro, Mexico. The achievement is further highlighted by the site’s recent completion of the 100th rear fuselage for the industry flagship Global 7500 business jet, underscoring the talent and skill of its dedicated employees.

Since establishing a manufacturing facility in Mexico in 2006, Bombardier has demonstrated its commitment to the country, helping develop and grow its aerospace industry. Today, Mexico’s reputable aerospace cluster makes it an important player on an international scale. Bombardier’s state-of-the-art facility in Querétaro employs highly skilled teams to manufacture key structural components for the company’s leading business jets, including the rear fuselage for all Global aircraft. This important mandate is a source of great pride for the talented local workforce.

“We are very proud to commemorate this important anniversary. Bombardier has played a significant role in the development and growth of Mexico’s aerospace industry,” said Paul Sislian, Executive Vice President, Operations and Operational Excellence, Bombardier. “I would like to thank our teams in Querétaro for all they’ve accomplished in the last 15 years. It’s through their hard work, commitment, and ingenuity that they have contributed to building the world’s leading business jets.”    

Bombardier is sharing this celebration with various organizations that have supported the aerospace industry in Mexico, including: the Aeronautical University in Querétaro (UNAQ), the Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industries (FEMIA) and the Aerocluster Querétaro (ACQ).

Beyond the company’s pledge to the aerospace industry in Mexico, Bombardier and its Querétaro employees are also very committed to the local community. Among its social initiatives, the company has a long-standing alliance with the Sierra Gorda World Biosphere Reserve, one of Mexico’s most important protected natural environments, through the responsible use of natural resources and the support of specific projects impacting the environment globally and locally. Bombardier also funds social projects implemented by an employee-led group called the Causa Querétaro.

At the heart of Bombardier’s site in Mexico are the approximately 1,200 highly skilled and dedicated employees who play a key role in the manufacture of world-class aircraft components and complex systems for Bombardier’s Challenger and Global business jets, including the rear fuselage for the Global 7500 aircraft. With the completion of another major structure for the 100th Global 7500 business jet, the Querétaro site is contributing to the progression of the program’s learning curve.

The completion of the 100th Global 7500 aircraft rear fuselage follows the 100th manufacture of the Global 7500 aircraft wing and the 50th Global 7500 business jet delivery in the first quarter of 2021, outlining strong interest for the industry’s flagship business jet and its remarkable performance since entering service.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.