Bombardier Aerospace

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Bombardier Aerospace

legal form Dependent part of Bombardier Inc.
founding 1937
Seat Montréal , CanadaCanadaCanada 
management Guy C. Hachey
Number of employees 33,600 (2012, worldwide)
sales $ 8.6 billion (2011)
Branch Aircraft manufacturer

Bombardier Aerospace factory at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport

The aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace is a division of the Canadian Bombardier Inc. and a manufacturer of business travel and regional jets . In addition to the manufacture of aircraft , Bombardier Aerospace also offers aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance and the training of pilots for business travel and regional air travel as well as for military customers. Bombardier Aerospace is the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world after Boeing and Airbus . On July 1, 2018, Airbus took over the C-Series aircraft program from the Canadian aircraft manufacturer. Bombardier has plants in Canada , the United States , the United Kingdom and Mexico . The company also has a global technology and support network.



The area Aerospace Bombardier emerged in the late 1980s as a result of rapid acquisitions of many either already insolvent or just standing before the bankruptcy company, so that Bombardier already existing models could continue building without having even previously manufactured aircraft. In 1986, Canadair was acquired, followed by Short Brothers from Ireland in 1989, Learjet in 1990 and finally de Havilland Canada in 1992 . The product portfolio results from the samples already manufactured at that time, only the Global series and the CSeries were added as new developments in the mid-2000s; however, the existing samples have been further developed according to the current state of the art.

Former De Havilland Canada aircraft types

In 2006, Bombardier sold the type certificates and all rights to the former De Havilland Canada aircraft types DHC-1 Chipmunk , DHC-2 Beaver , DHC-2T Turbo Beaver , DHC-3 Otter , DHC-4 Caribou , DHC-5 Buffalo , DHC -6 Twin Otter and DHC-7 at Viking Air in Sidney , British Columbia .

Amphibious aircraft

After 70 years, Bombardier gave up the production of amphibious aircraft . In June 2016, Bombardier sold the production of the Canadair CL-415 , which was discontinued at the end of 2015, as well as the rights to the predecessor model Canadair CL-215 to Viking Air.

Development of the CSeries / Airbus A220

In 1998, Bombardier decided to compete with Airbus and Boeing in the area of ​​passenger aircraft for around 100 to 130 passengers, for which the CSeries was developed from 2004 . Due to problems and a. With a newly developed geared turbofan engine and further delays, however, the aerospace division generated a loss of around 2.5 billion US dollars between 2011 and 2014. As a result, more than 1,800 jobs were cut from July 2014. Talks with Airbus about the further development of the model are also to be seen in this context, but were broken off without any result, no company wanted to give reasons for this. Then the CSeries was outsourced to the subsidiary C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership , since 2019 Airbus Canada Limited Partnership , in which the province of Québec contributed one billion US dollars . Bombardier held the majority with 50.5 percent.

In October 2017 it was announced that Airbus would take over 50.01% of the shares in CSALP, the remaining shares would be held by Bombardier (31%) and the pension fund of the Canadian province of Quebec (19%).

Problems with the US government

The US competitor Boeing complained in April 2017 about alleged dumping prices and prohibited government subsidies for Bombardier in relation to a major order with the US airline Delta Air Lines , whereupon the US Department of Commerce promised high tariffs against Bombardier. Donald Trump had put himself in the limelight with this protectionist decision, his promise was: To strengthen Boeing, he will punish Bombardier with punitive tariffs of almost 300%.

In this trade dispute with Canada, at the end of January 2018 the competent arbitration board, the US International Trade Commission, ITC, rejected Boeing's allegation. The delivery of aircraft of the "CSeries" series does not harm the US industry, stated the arbitration board, which is the only one authorized to deal with commercial legal disputes. This decision removes any legal basis for punitive tariffs. This surprising ITC vote fell with four to zero votes, which means a very clear defeat for Boeing, Trump and his Department of Commerce. Bombardier celebrated this decision in a statement as a “victory for innovation, competition and legality”. The company's shares shot up around 15 percent in Toronto. The exact justification of the ITC will only follow a few days after the announcement.

The orders and deliveries of NetJets Aviation

In March 2011, Bombardier announced the largest order in the company's history to date: US company NetJets Aviation Inc. placed an order for a total of 120 aircraft. Netjets placed a firm order for 30 Bombardier Global 5000 Vision and Global Express XRS Vision. Deliveries of this type of machine are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012. 20 of the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 models were firmly ordered. Delivery of the new aircraft models is planned for 2017. Purchase options are available for a further 70 Bombardier aircraft. The 50 firmly ordered machines are valued at $ 2.8 billion. NetJets plans a total investment of 6.7 billion dollars.

Sale of the Bombardier DHC-8

In 1992 Bombardier Aerospace bought the loss-making de Havilland Canada DHC-8, a family of twin-engine turboprop regional aircraft, from Boeing for around $ 600 million . The purchase was subsidized by the government in the amount of 500 million dollars. In November 2018, the rights were again sold for around 300 million dollars to Viking Air, to whom they had previously sold the rights to the older de Havilland Canada models DHC-1 to DHC-7.

Sale to Mitsubishi and gradual discontinuation of the CRJ program

On June 5, 2019, Bombardier announced that it would be in negotiations with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to sell the CRJ program, which has been in loss for a long time. After the CSeries and the DHC-8 program are no longer manufactured by Bombardier, the only thing left to the group is the business jet division with the Bombardier Global family and the Challenger jets. At the end of June 2019, the sale for a price of 550 million US dollars with 200 million US dollars in liabilities was confirmed and at the same time it was announced that the loss-making production of Mitsubishi's CRJs will not be continued, the Japanese company will only take over "maintenance, support, New equipment, marketing and sales ”.

Aircraft offered

Air Berlin Bombardier Q400

Passenger planes

Former participation

  • Airbus A220 (newly developed jet for the market between 100 and 160 passenger seats, now owned by Airbus); Participation fully sold in early 2020

Business jets


See also

Web links

Commons : Bombardier Aerospace  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  10. Airbus takes over majority in Bombardier subsidiary CSALP. Handelsblatt , October 17, 2017, accessed on October 17, 2017 .
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  17. Timo Nowack: Mitsubishi buries the Canadair Regional Jet. In: Aerotelegraph. June 25, 2019, accessed on June 27, 2019 : “Mitsubishi is only taking over“ maintenance, support, new equipment, marketing and sales ”from the CRJ program, as Bombardier reports. This includes plants in Montréal and Toronto as well as service centers in the US cities of Bridgeport and Tucson. "