Bombardier touts Canadian work packages on CSeries, Learjet 85

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Keen to highlight Canada's role in helping to build the CSeries and Learjet 85, Bombardier has announced the names of over 20 home-grown suppliers to the two aircraft programmes, mostly located in the powerhouse Quebec aerospace cluster.

Canadian suppliers selected for the CSeries are Quebec-based firms Delastek for the integrated flight deck package; Marinvent Corp for the flight test management software; and Mecachrome and Elisen Technologies, which will provide engineering services for the design and stress analysis of the fuselage.

The Montreal, Quebec branch of Aeroconseil will help Bombardier with "proactive engineering tools" to ensure specific aircraft systems are developed and implemented in compliance with certification requirements, says Bombardier.

Additionally, over 30 subcontrators of construction company Wieland-Davco - all from Quebec - are building the Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA), a testing and systems-proving facility that will house a virtual CSeries test aircraft at Bombardier's Mirabel plant.

The Canadian suppliers selected for the Learjet 85 aircraft program are Quebec-based Thales for the spoiler system and C&D Zodiac for design and production of the aircraft's interior package.

In addition, a total 14 fabricated metal parts suppliers have been selected for both programmes, including six from Quebec, six from Ontario and two from Nova Scotia.

"Its fantastic that many of the suppliers selected for our new aircraft programs are based in Canada, including a significant number here in Quebec - the hub of Canada's aerospace industry," said Jean Seguin, Vice President, Engineering and Supply Chain, Bombardier Aerospace.

"Canadian suppliers are an important component in developing our game-changing products and to ensure our success in this highly competitive industry", says Bombardier Aerospace vice-president and chief procurement officer Janice Davis

"Several initiatives designed to increase our suppliers' competitiveness and capabilities as integrators have been implemented at Bombardier so that we succeed together."

Previously-announced Canadian suppliers for the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft programs include Pratt & Whitney Canada; CAE and Heroux-Devtek.