Montreal- Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has combined its Commercial Aircraft and Business Aircraft divisions under a single entity and announced that it would sell its plants in Belfast and Morocco.
After selling the CSeries and Q400 programs, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer has announced a new strategic direction for its aerospace business with the creation of Bombardier Aviation.
Bombardier consolidates all its aerospace assets into a single, fully integrated structure, including Global, Challenger, Learjet and CRJ programs.
As a result of this, Bombardier now is selling its plants in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which assembles the wings of the Airbus A220 family jets (formerly CSeries), and its facilities in Nouaceur, Morocco. Bombardier employs 3600 workers in Northern Island and 400 in Morocco.
Bombardier Aviation will focus on its capabilities via its facilities located in Montreal, Mexico, and Texas, United States. These facilities collectively provide all the skills, technologies and capabilities to design and produce today's and tomorrow's aircraft, and to maintain them, said Bombardier Aviation in a statement.
In the first quarter of the year, the revenues of the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have almost halved. The manufacturer delivered only four aircraft in this period - three CRJ900 and one Q400. The company received orders for nine CRJ and seven Q400.
Bombardier expects 30 deliveries this year against the 38 in 2018. As of March 31st, the backlog of the Canadian Aerospace company rests with 109 commercial aircraft (51 CRJ, 58 Q400).