With the sale of its CRJ business to Mitsubishi announced in June, Bombardier essentially exits a sector it entered 33 years ago when it acquired Canadair from the Canadian government. In the meantime, close to 2,000 CRJ and 1,300 Q-Series airplanes have been produced and delivered, and a brand-new aircraft—the C Series—has been developed, but the tenure of Bombardier in commercial aerospace will ultimately be remembered as a financial and strategic failure. It all started with ...

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