Bombardier Business Aircraft inaugurated its $65 million state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence, in Montreal, Canada. The site is where high-precision completion of its Global 7000 business jet aircraft will take place. The firm is actively recruiting to fill approximately 1,000 new positions in over the next 18 months.
“We are so proud that this meticulous work on the most advanced business jet in the world is being done in Montréal,” said Alain Bellemare, Bombardier’s President & CEO. “We have world-class expertise right here, and we want to reach out to that skilled workforce to help us continue shaping the future of business aviation.”
According to company officials, “the investment will allow Bombardier to combine 21st century forward-looking production methodology and tools with a highly skilled local workforce comprised of craftspeople, artisans and engineers.”
Inauguration marks another timely milestone in the Global 7000 aircraft program, as completion activities ramp up, officials said. The highly anticipated aircraft program has four out of five test vehicles in flight, and is on track for entry-into-service during the second half of 2018.
The Global 7000 aircraft will be the largest purpose-built business jet in the industry and will revolutionize business aviation thanks to its unparalleled combination of size, range and comfort.
“The Government of Québec is proud to support Bombardier in strengthening and giving renewed vitality to the local aerospace industry,” said Ms. Dominique Anglade, Québec’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation. “We are delighted that Bombardier’s Centre of Excellence is offering world-class career opportunities to our local workforce. Moreover, its development, and innovation in general, are part of the four areas of intervention around which the Québec Aerospace Strategy 2016-2026 is articulated.”
Bombardier Business Aircraft employs approximately 5,500 people in the Greater Montréal area. The business unit is headquartered in Dorval, which is also home to a state-of-the-art facility for the interior completion and delivery of the Global family of business jets, and a facility that builds Challenger business jets from start to finish.