Montreal, Quebec - Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier announced that it would terminate the CRJ production in the next 12 to 15 months.
Bombardier is set to end the CRJ program after completing the production of the remaining backlog. The manufacturer sold its regional jet program to the Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the parent company of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is the producer of the Japan's first commercial aircraft, the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet). The manufacturer re-branded the aircraft as Mitsubishi Space Jet, which is currently under a test campaign.
Mitsubishi Space Jet
Bombardier previously blamed the Japanese company of stealing its commercial secrets for developing the MRJ jet.
With the sales of its two remaining aircraft programs, the CRJ and QSeries, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer will no longer be in the commercial aircraft business.
Bombardier sold its QSeries program to another Canadian Aerospace company De Havilland. The CSeries program, which was Bombardier's biggest achievement, was already sold to Airbus last year in July and re-branded as A220.
The Canadian train and aircraft manufacturer published its second-quarter financial figures last week on Thursday. The company said that it was expecting to finalize the deal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the first half of 2020.
After the completion of the current 41 CRJ jets on order, Bombardier will keep Mirabel plant and it will continue to supply aircraft components and spare parts for the other aircraft manufacturers. Belfast and Morocco plants will also be sold.
From the second-half 2020, Bombardier Aviation will only focus on its Executive Jet business.
The manufacturer delivered 35 business jets in the second quarter.
We are very happy with our continued momentum in aerospace, where our transformation is progressing ahead of plan,
said Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare.
We have successfully addressed our underperforming commercial aircraft programs and are now fully focused on business aviation, where the ramp-up of Bombardier’s largest growth program, the Global 7500, is proceeding as planned, as are our aftermarket growth strategy and our product portfolio enhancements,
The company reported a net loss of US$36 million for the second quarter as the challenges with the business transformation in the aviation and rail division affected the bottom line.