PHOTOS: The white tails you didn’t see at EBACE

In recent days I’ve posted several stories about Bombardier’s activities. It is safe to say that the Canadian airframer is busy as heck with the CSeries and its Q400 line. And it is still pushing out elegantly outfitted NextGen CRJs and business aircraft for customers around the world.

It is not news to anybody that the global economic crisis has had a extremely negative impact on the business aviation sector, and Bombardier has not walked away unscathed.

Last month the firm admitted that its inventory of unsold “white tails” had surged to 19 aircraft in the fourth quarter. Visting the company’s Montreal headquarters last week, I had the opportunity to snap some photos of said white tails.

I think it says a lot about Bombardier that the firm gave me no-holds-barred access to the truth, as difficult as it is for the airframer to see brand new aircraft without a home. I thank them for that. Note to Oprah – I hear you’re a fan of business jets. Check these beauties out. 

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And finally, a hopeful shot – Bombardier’s packed employee parking lot.

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