CRJ production cuts bring further job losses at Bombardier

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Canadian airframer Bombardier has revealed plans for a further 715 layoffs.

The cuts, which add to 4,360 layoffs announced earlier this year, will be made at Bombardier's factories in the Montreal area, and are driven largely by a slowing in production of CRJ aircraft, though 50 of the 715 job losses will be borne by staff producing the Bombardier 415 waterbomber.

Affected staff will start to leave the business in January.

"There are not enough projected CRJ aircraft sales to maintain the current production plans," says Guy Hachey, Bombardier Aerospace's president and chief operating officer.

"Although we are in discussions with several airlines, we had to finalise our aircraft delivery schedule for the next fiscal year. We fully recognise the impact this additional workforce reduction will have on our affected workers and their families."

Bombardier estimates the severance costs associated with the latest cuts at approximately $10 million.