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When Bombardier Aircraft relocates the completion of the interiors of its flagship aircraft GF 5000 to its location on the western side of Eisenhower National Airport, it will create around 100 new jobs in Wichita. This was part of a major Bombardier Friday news release in which the airline announced it planned to create 1,000 jobs in Montreal for the completion of its new Global 7000 commercial aircraft.
Work on the G5000 is scheduled to begin in Wichita in the second half of 2018. Bombardier would thus strengthen its activities in Wichita, where it employs around 1,600 people. In 2015, the site suffered 600 job losses after the decision by the firm to stop developing the Learjet 85. "It' s an opportunity for us to work on one of our premium corporate jet products," said Tonya Sudduth, Bombardier's general executive for Learjet programmes and Wichita site foreman.
Other activities of the company in Wichita included the servicing, repairs and overhauls of all types of corporate jets, the installation of Learjets 70 and 75, a test centre and work on specialised jets. At a celebration in the afternoons, Bombardier Commercial Aviation CEO David Coleal, who travelled from Montreal to Wichita on Friday to announce the new job, said hundred of staff members that their achievement was critical to the introduction of the new job.
Southuth said that the finishing work - such as the fitting of partitions, seating and cupboards - will be carried out in two extant structures, one of which will also act as a supply centre for the Global 5000. Sudduth said that the enterprise was not looking for public inducements to relocate work to Wichita at this time.
Bombardier's oldest and smallest of the three Bombardier Blue Jets, the 2005 launch of the Blue Planet Blue Planet Blue Enterprise, is the Blue Planet5000. More than $40 million, the aircraft is considered a super-size commercial aircraft with a cruising distance of 5,200 miles and space for up to 14 passenger and three crews.
This was a slow sell plane than its bigger equivalent, the Globe 6000, which, besides its dimensions, is almost the same in every respect, said Rolland Vincent, a forecast expert for commercial air travel. Tombardier supplied 10 G5000s versus 42 G6000s in 2016, according to JetNet corporate jet manufacturer information, Vincent said.
Coleal said the airline has done a great deal for the Global 5000 over the past 12 years, incorporating the modernization of its aviation electronics in 2012 and the introduction of a new booth for it early this year.