Bombardier filling final batch of Q200, Q300 orders

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Just over half a dozen Bombardier Q Series turboprops must still be produced before the airframer shutters production.

Speaking to ATI today at a media luncheon, a Bombardier spokesman says orders for total of about seven Q200 and Q300 turboprops will be filled before production closes "sometime in the middle of next year".

Management hopes this will free up resources for its Q400 programme, which has suffered with supply chain challenges.

As of 31 October Bombardier had received total orders for 322 Q400s. Its backlog stood at 113 of the type.

Separately, Bombardier reiterated today that its CRJ1000 NexGen is schedule for certification in the fourth quarter 2009, even though its entry-into-service calendar has been pushed back from the fourth quarter of that year to the first quarter of 2010.

In three weeks the centre fuselage will be shipped from Bombardier's Belfast plant to Mirabel, says Bombardier VP commercial operations Rodney Williams.

Bombardier has secured 45 orders for the 100-seat regional jet.