Bombardier suspends aircraft production for a month

Alud Davies

Bombardier will suspend all non-essential work at most of its Canadian facilities on Tuesday night (March 24th), in a bid to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

In an emailed statement, the manufacturer said that the suspension applies to its business aviation facilities in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Work will finish at Bombardier facilities at 23:59 local time on March 24th and will resume on April 26th.

Bombardier manufactures the Global family of business jets in Ontario and then flies them to Quebec to be completed. The Challenger family of business jets is built and completed in Quebec.

As well as suspending all non-essential work, Bombardier said that employees working at the affected locations will be furloughed during the period. Additionally, the company says that its CEO and its senior leadership will forgo their pay during the furlough.

“Since the coronavirus outbreak, the company has been focused on keeping our employees safe, serving our customers to the best of our ability during these difficult times and taking the necessary actions to protect our business for the long term,” said Pierre Beaudoin, chairman of the board of directors, Bombardier Inc.

“In addition to the actions announced today, Bombardier has cut all discretionary spending is continuing the work on closing the previously announced transactions and is pursuing additional measures to enhance liquidity.”

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