Bombardier Learjet files layoff notices

Bombardier Learjet issued 30 layoff notices this week.
Bombardier Learjet issued 30 layoff notices this week. The Wichita Eagle

Bombardier Learjet issued layoff notices to 30 workers this week, according to a state website.

According to the KansasWorks website, the notices were issued on Monday.

Bombardier Business Aircraft spokesman Mark Masluch would not confirm the number of layoffs on Thursday. The action is related to the company’s efforts announced earlier this week to transfer some Learjet workers to other parts of the company’s Wichita operations because of slowing demand for its Learjet 70 and 75.

“We’re actively working to identify opportunities within Bombardier to transfer as many employees as possible,” Masluch said.

He said in instances where Bombardier doesn’t immediately have a slot to transfer a Learjet worker to, they will be placed on a “call back” list and given priority for a transfer if positions open up for which they are qualified.

The Learjet transfer action is separate from a global workforce reduction parent company Bombardier Inc. announced in February that would eliminate 7,000 jobs across the company’s operations over two years.

That reduction plan included the elimination of 220 positions in Wichita, where in addition to manufacturing Learjets the company also operates a flight test center and business jet service center.