DUBAI: Bombardier still discussing Q400 outsourcing
Losing Money On Each Delivery - Bombardier still wants to outsource major structural work for the Q400 to factories outside Canada, but discussions with potential partners remain ongoing, the company's top commercial aircraft executive has disclosed.
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Dubai 13 NOVEMBER, 2017 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: STEPHEN TRIMBLE
he union that represents Q400 machinists in Toronto agreed last June to allow Bombardier to move assembly of the wings and cockpit section overseas.
Bombardier was expected to move the cockpit section to its existing plant in Queretaro, Mexico. The wings, meanwhile, would be outsourced to China's Shenyang Aircraft, which already builds the Q400's centre fuselage.
But the manufacturer is open to moving the wings and cockpit sections to anywhere in the world, says Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The priority is finding a low-cost manufacturing site to place the work, he says.
Bombardier has spent years searching for a more economical way to produce the Q400. The turboprop offers more speed and comfort features than the rival ATR 72-600, but comes with a higher list price.