Bombardier restructures its aviation business
Ricardo Meier | May 09, 2019
Bombardier has begun a restructuring process in which it will merge its business and commercial aviation business into a single group, Bombardier Aviation. In addition to this change, the Canadian company announced that it intends to sell its aerospace factories in Casablanca, Morocco, and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The sale of the plant in Belfast is particularly special. The unit was built in 1948 by Short Brothers, the world’s oldest still-active aircraft manufacturer. The company was founded in 1897 as a balloon factory, and from 1909 began to produce the rustic single-engine Wright Flyer under license from the Wright brothers. And it has not stopped since. In 1989, Short Brothers was acquired by the Bombardier group and started to produce only aerostructures. Curiously, a year earlier the North Irish company had announced the FJX program, a small regional jet designed to rival precisely the Bombardier CRJ100, which was also in development. The aircraft, however, never left the drawing boards.