Maybe if CYTZ did expand, Bombardier would be okay becuase it would form 4,000 more jobs...
Actually, it would not have. At its peak DH
had just over 5,500 workers and that was when the entire Dash 8 line was selling, plus the GX
was in full swing, and the Lear 45 wing was still being made at Downsview. So, as you can appreciate, an order for only 20 Q400's, where only the wings and cockpits are manufactured at DH
(the entire fuselage is made by MHI in Japan), would not have required 4,000 workers.
Much more troubling to Bombardier Aerospace is that:
- Air Canada has changed some of the CRJ705 orders for more Embraers;
- BBD year-on-year 4th QTR regional jet orders fell from 80 to 65 aircraft, with a year-over-year reduction in the total backlog. CRJ700 and CRJ900 deliveries were the most significantly hit.
- Close to 30% of the CRJ backlog are for struggling US Airways. And if you add Air Canada (Chap. 11 & with Trinity threatening to walk) orders to US Airways, that is almost 45% of the backlog.
- CRJ700 reliability is running at only 97.5% and launch customer Brit Air (10 in service) has delayed delivery of any more CRJ700's pending improvement in reliability. The reliability of the Brittany-based airline's CRJ700 fleet is such that two aircraft, rather than one, have to be held on back-up duty each day.
- Cologne-based Lufthansa CityLine, which operates 20 CRJ700s, is also pushing Bombardier to help it improve reliability, which is "around 98%", and the daily utilisation, which is 2h short of the 10h target. LH
says that the 700 need to have the same reliability as Airbus and Boeing aircraft: 99.5-99.8%. CityLine managing director Karl-Heinz Kopfle is disappointed with the support Bombardier provides in Europe. "We can wait one, two or three days for spares or special tooling to fix a problem," he says. (Flight International);
- BBD has effectively abandoned the 86-108 seat market to Embraer.
[Edited 2004-03-18 17:34:59]
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