Bombardier Inc. is adding to the heft of its Queretaro plant in Mexico by making it the sole manufacturing base for the aft fuselage of the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 long-range business jets due for delivery in 2016-17.
Queretaro began five years ago, making wiring harnesses for Bombardier aircraft. It is now building large parts for several Bombardier business aircraft, including the Global 5000 and 6000 business jets.
"Its participation in the Global 7000 and 8000 programs will contribute further to this world-class plant's expertise and to Bombardier's industry leadership," Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said in a statement.
Queretaro now employs 1,700 and builds the aft fuselage sections for the Global 5000 and 6000 business jets, as well as major composite structures for the new Learjet 85, such as fuselage lay-up and subsystem installation, wiring harness fabrication and installation, wing assembly and horizontal and vertical stabilizer assemblies.
Final assembly of the Global 7000 and 8000 series will be done at Bombardier's Toronto plant, while Bombardier's Global Completion Centre in Dorval will do the interior completions. Bombardier has already revealed the avionics, hydraulics, fly-by-wire, landing-gear, braking, fuel and air systems, engine and centre fuselage suppliers.
Bombardier itself will handle the fore fuselage section besides the aft section.
The large-cabin Global 7000, with four zones and 20 per cent more space than the existing Global 6000, will have a range of 13,520 kilometres and fly 10 passengers non-stop Sydney-Dubai or Beijing-Washington. First delivery is set for 2016.
The Global 8000 will have a threezone cabin and range of 14,631 kilometres and fly eight passengers non-stop Sydney-Los Angeles, Hong Kong-New York and Mumbai-New York.