NEWS: Bombardier is Selling Downsview Toronto Q400 and Global Aircraft Facility and Expanding in Montreal
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21:50 (02:50 UTC) - January 12, 2018 – Quebec, Canada by Sylvain Faust
As I suggested before in 2016 and later Bombardier is now officially revealing to the public their decision to move out of Downsview. Selling this piece of real-estate is wise, it is worth a lot (in Toronto) and this allows Bombardier to move further out in a cheaper area.
As I've written …
May 13, 2016 : "Bombardier can also decide to sell its Downsview operations and real estate. At the same time, move both aircraft factories, Global and Q400, in…" source: https://www.fliegerfaust.com/bombardier-aid-talks-stall-on-trudeaus-3-billion-pitch-byebye-ottawa-l-2450347294.html
November 10, 2017 : "Would Bombardier shut down its Dowsview facility completely transferring it all to Montreal where each Global aircraft interior is installed? The cost of having the aircraft built in Downsview and subsequently ferried to Montreal for completion is not negligible I'm told. I'll have more on this soon. Cost cutting, efficiency! Bombardier would also be either receiving money for the sale of its Downview ownership or by renting the Toronto expensive space no longer in use, mainly concentrating its aerospace operations in Montreal and Wichita?" source: https://www.fliegerfaust.com/bombardier-airbus-cf-...
February 21, 2017 : "Did you know… The jigs installed at Bombardier Toronto/Downsview Global aircraft assembly lines are highly mobile, a feature allowing for a quick transfer to a different location." source: https://www.fliegerfaust.com/bombardier-global-ass...
Also, Bombardier is renting additional space in Montreal from Air Canada. The expansion consists of six (6) additional bays (doors) from Air Canada. Definitively Bombardier Aerospace is expanding at Montreal Trudeau airport YUL located in Dorval.
I'm also hearing that some "specialized" version of the CSeries is being design… More on this later with CSeries production update soon...
See below for the original French paper and below it for the link to the English translated version.
Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust
Published January 12, 2018 at 19h59 local (00:59 UTC)
**English version below this French version
Bombardier cherche un acheteur pour son vaste site manufacturier de sa division aéronautique situé à Toronto.
Le constructeur d'avions et de trains a confirmé vendredi avoir mis en vente le terrain de 152 hectares de Downsview il y a quelques semaines, une initiative qui s'inscrit dans le cadre de son plan de redressement de cinq ans.
Le porte-parole Olivier Marcil a expliqué que le terrain unique muni d'une piste d'atterrissage était supérieur aux besoins de l'entreprise. Seulement 14 hectares sont utilisés régulièrement.
M. Marcil a toutefois souligné qu'aucune décision n'avait été encore prise sur la vente ou sur un éventuel déplacement de ses activités.
Il a indiqué que le terrain pourrait être utilisé à meilleur escient, et que cela pourrait bénéficier à la ville de Toronto et à ses citoyens.
Bombardier occupe les lieux après les avoir achetés à de Havilland Canada en 1992. C'est ce constructeur aéronautique qui avait construit l'endroit en 1929 afin d'effectuer des essais d'appareils.
Le terrain avait été utilisé pour les visites du pape Jean Paul II et avait servi de base militaire pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.
Bombardier avait auparavant un service de navette pour transporter des employés entre Toronto et Montréal, puis entre Wichita (Kansas) et Mexico. Ce service a toutefois été suspendu dans le cadre de ce plan de redressement.
Le terrain, qui est situé à proximité de plusieurs stations de métro, d'universités et de l'autoroute 401, a potentiellement beaucoup de valeur.
M. Marcil a dit que l'entreprise avait rencontré certains acheteurs potentiels pour mesurer l'intérêt. Il a refusé de préciser le montant que souhaiterait avoir Bombardier en réalisant cette vente.
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English Google Translated Version
Canadian Press Published January 12, 2018 at 19h59 local (00:59 UTC)
Bombardier is looking for a buyer for its large manufacturing site at its aerospace division in Toronto.
The aircraft and train builder confirmed Friday that it had put Downsview's 152-hectare property on sale a few weeks ago as part of its five-year turnaround plan.
Spokesman Olivier Marcil explained that the single ground with an airstrip was superior to the needs of the company. Only 14 hectares are used regularly.
Mr. Marcil, however, pointed out that no decision had yet been taken on the sale or on a possible relocation of its activities.
He said the land could be used to a greater extent and that it could benefit the city of Toronto and its citizens.
Bombardier occupies the premises after purchasing them from de Havilland Canada in 1992. This aeronautical builder built the site in 1929 to perform aircraft testing.
The land had been used for visits by Pope John Paul II and had served as a military base during the Second World War.
Bombardier previously had a shuttle service to transport employees between Toronto and Montreal, then between Wichita (Kansas) and Mexico City. However, this service was suspended as part of this recovery plan.
The land, which is located near several subway stations, universities and Highway 401, is potentially very valuable.
Mr. Marcil said the company had met some potential buyers to gauge the interest. He declined to specify the amount that Bombardier would like to realize by making this sale.
The Quebec multinational has 12 hangars where its commercial Q400 propeller aircraft as well as many business jets are assembled by approximately 3500 workers.
In a message posted on Twitter, Toronto councilor Maria Augimeri criticized Bombardier's decision, saying it would oppose the sale of land next to metro stations and major highways.
"I have learned from a reliable source that you are secretly courting promoters with the intention of making the Downsview plant a huge housing project. I'll have to go over the body, "she said.
Mr. Marcil said that the company had started to list all of its international facilities under this plan, but declined to say whether other sites could be sold. ...
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