Bombardier Aerospace announced on February 5 that it delivered 302 aircraft for the year ending January 31, and received net orders for only 11 aircraft over the year, compared to orders for 367 in the previous year.
For the 12 month period, the Canadian manufacturer delivered 121 commercial aircraft, comprised of 60 CRJ series and 61 Q series aircraft, as well as 176 business aircraft. The company also delivered five amphibious CL-415s.
Net orders were adversely impacted by major cancellations for business jets, which finished the year with net cancellations for 85 aircraft. Orders for commercial jets were 23 per cent lower at 88, comprised of 22 CRJs, 16 Q400s and 50 CSeries. The company also took orders for eight amphibian aircraft.
“The global economic crisis which began in 2008 continued to impact the civil aviation industry throughout 2009 as conditions remained challenging,” said Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “While indicators of market stabilisation have started to emerge, we remain cautious as economic uncertainty still prevails. We have taken significant steps to strengthen our operations and continue to invest significantly in future programs. We strongly believe that through flawless execution and by creating a loyal customer base for our products and services, we will emerge from this crisis a stronger and more efficient company.”
Nevertheless, the company has announced that it plans to reduce its output over the next year, with business jet deliveries expected to be 15 per cent lower, while commercial aircraft deliveries will be down by approximately 20 per cent.