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Bombardier halts production of Global business jets in 2017


September 1, 2016
By The Canadian Press

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Sept. 1, 2016 – Bombardier is juggling challenges on two fronts in Canada, temporarily suspending production of its Global business jets next year and missing a delivery deadline for a transit project in Toronto, Ont.

The aerospace and railway manufacturer says it plans to place workers at its aircraft completion centre in Montreal on furlough for an unspecified amount of time next year.

A company spokesman called it a “minor adjustment” to manage costs and address a sluggish market for corporate jets.

He declined to specify how long the suspension of Global jet production would last.

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The company informed the completion centre’s 1,900 workers of the proposed changes on Wednesday.

Last year, Bombardier said it would cut production of the Global 5000 and 6000 models from 80 to about 50 per year.

Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation says it will deliver a light rail prototype for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown transit line in two to three weeks after missing an Aug. 31 delivery deadline.

The manufacturer says the delay has no impact on delivery of trains for the US$5.3-billion transit line, which is expected to enter service in 2021.

Earlier this week, The Canadian Press reported that Bombardier handed out pink slips on August 26 to aerospace employees in Montreal, Que., as part of its efforts announced in February to trim 7,000 workers over two years.

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