Bombardier: Bombardier Inaugurates Learjet 85 Aircraft Component Manufacturing Facility in Queretaro, Mexico

Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:10pm EDT

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- Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico, and Jose Calzada Rovirosa, Governor of
the State of Queretaro, joined Bombardier executives to mark the official opening 

 

- Production of Learjet 85 aircraft components now under way, program is on schedule for
entry into service in 2013

 

QUERETARO, MEXICO--(Marketwire - October 21, 2010) - Bombardier Aerospace today
inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing
facility at its site in the Queretaro Aerospace Park. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa,
President of Mexico, and Jose Calzada Rovirosa, Governor of the State of Queretaro,
joined Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., and Guy
C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace, to mark the
occasion. 

 

The construction of the 185,000 sq.ft. (17,187 sq.m.) Learjet 85 aircraft component
manufacturing centre was completed in July 2010. The fabrication of development parts
soon followed, and the fabrication of parts for the first aircraft is now underway. In
addition, over 36,300 sq.ft. (3,370 sq.m.) of existing space at the Queretaro site has
been allocated to the Learjet 85 aircraft program. This brings the total Learjet 85
aircraft footprint at the Queretaro manufacturing site to approximately 221,300 sq.ft.
(20,560 sq.m.) in order to support composite fuselage manufacturing and wing assembly. 

 

"We are honoured to inaugurate our new Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing
facility in the company of President Calderon and Governor Calzada," said Mr. Beaudoin.
"Bombardier's operations in Mexico are an important part of the company's global
strategy. The professionalism and commitment that our employees in Mexico have shown
have driven many of the achievements that we have accomplished since the opening of our
first Mexican facility in 2006. The increasing complexity of the work being undertaken
in Queretaro also affirms Bombardier's confidence in its Mexican operations." 

 

The Queretaro facility is responsible for the fabrication of the Learjet 85 aircraft's
major composite structures. During the past three months, over 150 tools, including many
major lay-up tools, have been fabricated and shipped to the new Learjet 85 aircraft
component manufacturing site. Equipment installation has progressed well with the
completion of the clean room for lay-up activity, freezer installation to house the
composite material, and installation of three ovens. 

 

The factory layout makes use of the latest lean manufacturing methodologies. Bombardier
Aerospace Mexico's manufacturing responsibility for the Learjet 85 aircraft program
includes fuselage lay-up and sub-system installation, wiring harness fabrication and
installation, wing assembly, and horizontal and vertical stabilizer assemblies. 

 

"Through the consistent manufacture and on-time delivery of high-quality components and
assemblies to Bombardier manufacturing sites around the globe, the Queretaro site has
already proven that it operates at a world-class level," said Real Gervais, Vice
President, Operations, Bombardier Aerospace Mexico. "We now continue towards our goal of
becoming a centre of excellence for composite manufacturing." 

 

"We are on target with all of our program objectives, and production of the first
composite parts for the Learjet 85 aircraft at our Mexico facility is underway," said
Ralph Acs, Vice President, Learjet 85, Bombardier Business Aircraft. 

 

Bombardier Aerospace in Queretaro 

 

First established in 2006, operations at Bombardier's facility in Mexico have grown to
employ more than 1,200 workers and include the manufacture of structural aircraft
components, including the Global business jet family aft fuselage, the Q400 NextGen
aircraft flight control work package (rudder, elevator and horizontal stabilizer) and
the CRJ700/900/1000 NextGen and Challenger 605/850 aircraft rudders, as well as main
harnesses and electrical sub-assemblies for Bombardier business and commercial aircraft.


 

Bombardier and its employees in Queretaro are very involved in the local community. The
company is a long-term supporter of the Sierra Gorda World Biosphere Reserve and
provides resources for three specific projects that have an effect on the global and
local environment, whether through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the
responsible use of natural resources or the development of programs that increase
community well-being. Causa Queretaro, a group run by employees, organizes projects in
an effort to help needy sectors within the community, and Bombardier supports these
projects with funds received through its recycling program. 

 

The new Learjet 85 aircraft - Redefining the midsize segment 

 

Launched on October 30, 2007, with a customer-driven clean-sheet design, the Learjet 85
aircraft is positioned between the midsize Learjet 60 XR and the super-midsize
Challenger 300 jets. 

 

True to its legendary heritage, the Learjet 85 aircraft is set to deliver the
extraordinary performance, superior technology and exceptional value Learjet aircraft
owners expect. The jet is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, each
boasting 6,100 pounds of take-off thrust at sea level 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) and
low noise levels, while the advanced low NOx emission combuster offers reduced
environmental impact. The Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82
and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)(i). 

 

The new Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines advanced technology with superior
design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in
technological advancements and superior design aesthetics from Bombardier's Global
Vision flight deck are carried over to the Learjet 85 aircraft in order to create the
ultimate Learjet aircraft flight control environment. 

 

The aircraft's customized version Cabin Management System, developed by Lufthansa
Technik, will feature a high-capacity Ethernet network with a digital amplifier to feed
the high-fidelity speaker system and an interface to support the aircraft cabin
environment, including lighting and temperature control. The system's open architecture
also allows for easy integration of third-party equipment and new applications, such as
high-definition features. 

 

Learjet is the first name in corporate aviation. Since acquiring Learjet Inc. in 1990,
Bombardier Aerospace has carried forward the brand's proud legacy by launching eight
high-performance and fuel-efficient Learjet aircraft. 

 

About Bombardier 

 

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial
aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services,
Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the
fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow
Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available
at www.bombardier.com  http://www.bombardier.com  .  

 

Notes to editors 

 

(i) The Learjet 85 aircraft's long-range cruise speed of M.78 with two crew, four
passengers (200 lb each) and 100 NM NBAA IFR reserves assumes standard BOW, sea level
departure and landing, unrestricted climb, cruise and descent with zero wind and
standard (ISA) conditions en route. 

 

Statements about performance and design as stated in this document are solely based on
projections and forecasts, and are subject to change without notice. 

 

Bombardier, Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Challenger 850, CRJ700, CRJ900, CRJ1000,
Global, Global Vision, Learjet, Learjet 60, Learjet 85, NextGen, Q400 and XR are
registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.  

 

Contacts:
Bombardier Aerospace
Marc Duchesne
514-855-7989
www.bombardier.com  http://www.bombardier.com/

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