Airbus and Bombardier, the Trigger for Canada
CSeries is Airbus First Step in Canada and with Bombardier
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02:00 (06:00 UTC) - October 19, 2017 - Quebec, Canada
What did Airbus just trigger by acquiring 50% of the CSeries in Canada?
Contrary to what might have been said much earlier in the game, CSeries jobs in Mirabel are now preserved, cast in concrete for zillion years, with additional investment upcoming in the current CSeries factory footprint (just what the extra space acquired at Mirabel airport was meant for in the first place wasn't it!). All this, of course, assuming Airbus would stick to its part of the deal by generating mucho more orders… We were told the value of the CSeries holding will increase so much that the Quebec government will recover the totality of its US$1 billion investment but without saying how will the value of the CSeries holding be determined.
Kid you not, Bombardier and Airbus have already been doing business together for quite a while, the former supplying engineering work from its Aerostructures & Engineering Division and the latter providing the fuselage of the new Bombardier Global 7000 and soon Global 8000 (Stelia, located at Mirabel airport, Quebec, owned by Airbus Group)…
First and foremost, this should prove to be very lucrative to Bombardier --now having a "Supplier" status into the CSeries holding. Not only will they profit from a partial ownership but they will also be a client of the holding. Supplying the wings made by Bombardier in Belfast. Supplying the cockpits made by Bombardier in Montreal/St-Laurent. Supplying parts of the fuselage made by Bombardier in China, Mexico… soon Morocco. Supplying expensive engineering consulting for modifications and more developments of the CSeries, you name it… That's exactly what is meant when we say "to have you cake and eat it"!
As for the future… here's my "what if" list
But where could this now extremely public partnership between Airbus of Europe and Bombardier of Canada lead to?
What if the government in Ottawa now leaned toward doing more business with Europe for its military requirements, after engaging in a semi-trade war, with its string of sweet and sour episodes, ie the gross Boeing punitive tariffs & the unsightly NAFTA non-negociations?
What if the the government of Canada was in the process of acquiring some CSeries as part of the current Airbus CC-150 Polaris replacement? The time to replace them as come. The Prime Minister of Canada visiting the world with a CSeries.
What if the government of Ottawa decided to forego the Boeing Super Hornet (you can bet on this one), move over the uncertain and expensive Lockheed F-35, and as, a replacement for its old CF-18 (the Canadian variant of the F-18 Boeing Hornet), purchased the most recent and upgraded versions of the
Typhoon (Eurofighter, Germany i.e. Airbus Defence, BAE UK, Alenia Italy)
Rafale (Dassault, France)
Gripen E (Saab, Sweden)
What if the European companies selling Ottawa those new top of the line jet fighters adapted for Canada had them assembled and maintained in Canada, as they are promising?
What if the lead company in charge of this large and very profitable contract in Canada were Bombardier? Been there done that for Bombardier… Ah!
What if the current process in place in Canada to replace its very old fleet of Aurora veered off to a solution using a Bombardier Global platform? This is another business Boeing lost again and won't get from Ottawa. Sources reported the P-8 from Boeing was to be ordered to replace the Aurora but was kindly put "on hold" when Boeing started its vendetta against Bombardier CSeries. The Boeing P-8 sports a price tag of US$250 million each.
Saab is offering its Globale and Swordfish built on two different platforms, both are Bombardier aircraft, the Global 6000 and Q400 based platforms. Don't think because the Global is a Canadian product that it is not as good a platform for military use. It has many advantages, the price, the higher altitude, and higher cabin pressure, better operating cost. The Bombardier Global aircraft is already in service with the United States Air Force as the E-11A BACN aircraft sold by Northrop Grumman. The Global is also in use in the UK Royal Air Force as the Sentinel R1 sold by Raytheon. Will Ottawa go for an Airbus solution with a "couple" of CN-235-300 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) as a transition until the real replacements arrive?
Saab Swordfish using Bombardier Global Aircraft - See this video entirely!
But still, why not having Canada large military aircraft expenses buying solution using our aircraft, products as much as possible, why not Canada? Same for the rest of the military.
These system integrators like SAAB and the others already order these aircraft from Bombardier and these are made in Canada. Furthermore, each of these integrators do require a lot of customization work to fit their radar equipment, antennas, electrical requirements, etc. which means very lucrative engineering work that can only be done by the holder of the aircraft certification (type certificate), i.e. Bombardier, duly certified by Transport Canada... All that is good for Canadians!
Question is… Why would Ottawa NOT select a replacement solution for its very old Aurora based on an aircraft platform "Designed and Made in Canada"? Why would Ottawa NOT select the replacement aircraft of its CF-18 being totally assembled in Canada under the supervision of Bombardier Aerospace?
The time has come for Ottawa to change the ways Canada military contracts are awarded. to STOP "Being Taken For Granted" by the USA military firms, a country doing the best it can to kill our best innovative aviation product, a country trying to cancel all our trade relations and weakening our economy so they can use Canada as a leverage for them.
Thanks to Boeing to have made this now basic truth very public and to have opened the eyes of the people of Canada…
These are no longer an issues kept behind closed doors, just between high ranking officers and some civil servants.
Ottawa is now being watched and is already acting because each vote counts… The Liberals of Justin Trudeau have a lot of catching up to do to win the coming elections as so many electoral districts in Quebec stand to be reconquered in uphill battles!
Canada looking toward Europe now for its military purchases is really not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all...
Boeing… The Canadians are saying "Thank you".