will build the aft fuselage for its new Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets in Queretaro, Mexico, a move that continues to expand its already substantial presence at the location.
The Queretaro facility produces the aft fuselage for Bombardier’s Global 5000 and 6000 jets, as well as major composite structures for the85.
Bombardier began operating in Mexico in 2006, and the facility has expanded to employ 1,700 workers. In addition to the Global and Learjet work, it produces theNextGen aircraft flight control work package (rudder, elevator and horizontal stabilizer), the /900/1000 NextGen and Challenger 605/850 aircraft rudders, and harnesses and electrical subassemblies for both Bombardier business and commercial aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace President Guy Hachey notes that the company is ramping up in Mexico to about 2,500 employees by the end of next year and acknowledged the company’s move toward globalization. In addition to Mexico, Bombardier has a partnership with Shenyang, China, and employs 400 engineers in India. Hachey also hints at other possibilities, saying, “We are evaluating a low-cost footprint in North Africa to serve that region.”
But speaking to analysts during the recent National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention in Las Vegas, Hachey reiterated that the company is committed to keeping jobs in Canada, where the airframer is headquartered. “Our more strategic manufacturing will remain in Canada,” he says.
Last month, the company announced it would conduct final assembly of the Global 7000 and 8000 at its Toronto, Ontario, factory, where the rest of the Global family is assembled. The Toronto plant also houses Learjet 40 and 45 wing production and assembles the Q400NextGen regional turboprop.
The newest Globals will be completed at the company’s Montreal center.
Both aircraft will have fly-by-wire technology with flight decks based on theFusion system. They will be powered by ’s new Passport turbofan engine.