Bombardier is moving its production of the Global 5500, 6500, and 7500 aircraft to Toronto’s Pearson Airport from the current location in Downsview by 2023. The new facility will encompass 41 acres and 1 million square feet of space. The new facility will provide Bombardier the capacity for 100 aircraft per year, an increase over current production rates.
The Downsview airport, where the Global business jets are currently assembled, is being closed with the sale of the airport, which will be converted to non-aviation development. The DeHavilland Canada Dash-8-400 is also assembled in Downsview, and will also need a new facility in the next three years.
With the new facility only 12 miles away from the old facility, it is expected that employees will simply transfer locations and maintain employment once the transition takes place. “This is a strategic move for Bombardier and a strong commitment to the Ontario aerospace industry” said Bombardier President and CEO Alain Bellemare.
But perhaps the most important element of the new facility is the opportunity for Bombardier to upgrade its manufacturing technology and production methods. From automated laser-guided positioning systems to join together aircraft structures to robotics, logistics, and automated support, the new factory will be among the most advanced in the world. The impact will be better quality and lower costs and should improve Bombardier’s margins on its flagship jet.
Preliminary site work is now underway, with production activities set to begin in 2023.