Despite plans to cut up to 300 jobs from its Downsview, Ontario plant, Bombardier says it is committed to the facility, which is being turned into an assembly-only operation. Bombardier plans to contract out production of the rear fuselage for the Global Express and wing components for its Lear 45. The workforce will be reduced to about 1,500 employees from a peak five years ago of over 5,000 workers. The Learjet component will probably go to a third-party contractor in Ontario but it has yet to be decided who will perform Global Express fuselage work. The two manufacturing programmes were not guaranteed under a new labour contract the union and the company signed last year.

Source: Flight International