|Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 4):|
So, if they lay off that many, will they then still have the manpower to cope with any decent-sized orders that could still come in or will any new orders have looong delivery times because they can only make 50 a year...?
The answer is yes to both questions. If the airline wants faster deliveries, Bombardier already has the plant capacity, they just have to bring back these employees as required. Right now they are in a cost saving mode as the Mirabel plant is underutilized so they need to make up with the losses this plant is imposing just keeping the lights on.
Don't forget that they made large bets for the CRJ 700 and 900 when they opened up the Mirabel facility thinking that the 200s will continue to be built in Dorval, and the larger models will be produced in Mirabel. Now they are coping with trying to keep Mirabel open. As for the second part of your question, if they can get large orders that are sustainable, they will try and increase production in order to get back on the growth track. But this seems less and less likely as the 700/900 sales are going to Embraer.