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Could some Bombardier C Series passenger jet work be coming to Wichita?

Employees and visitors to Bombardier in Wichita walk by a Bombardier CS300 Friday morning as the plane sat on static display at an event marking the delivery of the 3000th Learjet. (June 2, 2017)
Employees and visitors to Bombardier in Wichita walk by a Bombardier CS300 Friday morning as the plane sat on static display at an event marking the delivery of the 3000th Learjet. (June 2, 2017) File photo

A Bombardier official isn't ruling out a Canadian blogger's post earlier this week that said company managers raised the possibility of sending some completions work on its C Series passenger jet to Wichita.

Sylvain Faust, who writes the Fliegerfaust aerospace blog from Montreal, wrote this week that he "learned management is thinking to move 'at least some' CSeries interior completion to Bombardier facility in Wichita." The move, he writes, centers around quality issues on the installation of aircraft interiors from supplier Zodiac Aerospace.

In an e-mail to The Eagle, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft spokeswoman Nathalie Siphengphet said that's not a consideration as of now.

"Bombardier has no plans to conduct C Series interior completion work in Wichita at this moment," Siphengphet wrote.

It's not clear how any possible work would affect employment at the company's site on the west side of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.

Later this year, Bombardier plans to move interiors completion work on its Global 5000 business jet from Canada to Wichita, adding 100 jobs to its 1,600-employee workforce.

The Wichita site also serves as a flight test center for all of the company's aircraft, including the C Series and its two variants, the CS100 and the CS300.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark
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