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Bombardier may move some Learjet workers to other jobs

Slow demand for Learjets is prompting Bombardier to hatch a plan to identify Learjet production workers who could transfer to other jobs within the company’s Wichita operations. (Feb. 24, 2016)
Slow demand for Learjets is prompting Bombardier to hatch a plan to identify Learjet production workers who could transfer to other jobs within the company’s Wichita operations. (Feb. 24, 2016) Eagle file photo

Bombardier is looking at ways to transfer some Learjet 70 and 75 production workers to other parts of the company’s Wichita operations.

Bombardier Business Aircraft spokesman Mark Masluch said the company has met with some production workers on the line about the transfer plan.

“It’s really related to the production support of the Learjet 70/75,” Masluch said. “That’s what we are working through right now. We’re hoping to reassign as many people as possible.”

Masluch wouldn’t disclose how many people the plan would affect.

It comes in response to what Bombardier Inc. CEO Alain Bellemare said was “significant softness” in the light end of the business jet and Learjet 70/75 markets. Bellemare made the comment in a second-quarter 2016 conference call with analysts earlier this month.

Bombardier delivered five Learjet 75s in the second quarter, flat as compared with the same quarter a year ago. Deliveries of the Wichita-built midsize jet were sharply lower in the first half of 2016 at six, compared with 14 in the first six months of last year.

Masluch said the company expects transfers to occur through the first quarter of 2017.

Learjet production workers would have to have skill sets that match openings in other parts of the company’s local operations. That includes the Bombardier Flight Test Center, a parts operation and a service center that provides maintenance for not only Learjets but also larger Bombardier Challenger and Global business jets.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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