Bombardier's three active aircraft families cover a wide range of sizes and ranges, making the Canadians the all-round provider for private business jets. Customers also include numerous international airlines such as Air Canada, Korean Air, Lufthansa Gulf Air and Delta.
Bombardier private jet charter: key data of the aircraft manufacturer
Iconic Canadian company with over 50 years of private aircraft manufacturing experience.
Approximately 4,900 aircraft in operation
5.6 billion USD turnover (2020)
16,000 employees (2020)
Bombardier Inc. (BDRBF) is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but its shares are also traded on the major German stock exchanges.
Bombardier Museum in Valcourt in the Canadian province of Quebec, dedicated to the life's work of founder Joseph-Armand Bombardier.
The Airbus A220 was originally developed and built by Bombardier as the C Series with the CS100 (now Airbus A220-100) and CS300 (now Airbus A220-300) models.
Winner of the "Best new Jet Award 2020" by the prestigious aviation magazine Aviation International News (AIN) with the Global 6500 & Global 5500 models.
Company management: Éric Martel (President, CEO)
From big player to niche provider for mid-size and large jets
Bombardier, which has been listed on the stock exchange since 1969, has been active in a wide variety of transport business fields throughout its history. The dynamic portfolio of the company, which was founded in 1942 as L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée, is mainly due to acquisitions and sales.
The legendary Bombardier 1931 snowmobile was the company's first product. Until the legal regulation of snow clearance on traffic roads, snowmobiles were practically without alternatives as a winter transport vehicle in snow-intensive areas. Until the end of the 1960s, Bombardier's product portfolio was limited to the manufacture of winter and off-road motor vehicles. In 2003, the division was spun off from the company and sold as "Bombardier Recreational Products". Today, this is known in particular for the SKI-DOO brand of snowmobiles.
Through an acquisition, Bombardier entered the rail vehicle manufacturing business in 1970. Through further acquisitions, Bombardier became the world market leader for rail vehicle technology with its Transportation division in 2001. In 2021, the division was bought by the French group Alstom.
Also through acquisitions, Bombardier entered the aviation sector at the end of the 1980s, which was established in the Bombardier Aerospace division. Initially, only the established aircraft models continued to be built, before two new developments, the Global and the C Series, supplemented the portfolio in the mid-2000s.
After a long phase of diversification, the consolidation of the business segments took place from 2020: First, the regional aircraft division was sold to Airbus Canada. A few months later, Bombardier announced the discontinuation of Learjet production. However, maintenance of the more than 1,000 active Learjets would continue.
The Bombardier Business Jet Portfolio
Considered the "forefather of all business jets", the Learjet has been in production for nearly 60 years. The Learjet variants 45 and 75 are classified in the Super Light Jet segment. In February 2021, Bombardier announced that it would discontinue production of the Learjet due to difficult market developments.
The 300 and 350 models of the Challenger family belong to the mid-size jets and are designed for short- and medium-haul operations. The Challenger 850, on the other hand, with its 13 seats already belongs to the super large jets.
The portfolio is rounded off by the Global family with the well-known Global 6000 model. The range of these so-called Long Range Jets is comparable with commercial aircraft.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does a Bombardier Business Jet cost?
A new Bombardier aircraft costs between US$9.9 million for the latest variant of the Learjet 75 Liberty super light jet and around US$71 million for the spacious and long-range Global 8000 business jet.
How many business jets does Bombardier build per year?
Between 2007 and 2020, Bombardier delivered between 114 (2020) and 235 (2009) business jets, according to its annual reports. The last four years of the period under review (2017 - 2020) saw the lowest deliveries.
Where are the Bombardier aircraft built?
The three Bombardier aircraft families Learjet (until 2021), Challenger and Global are built at different locations. Aircraft components are produced at the manufacturing plant in Mexico, whereas final production takes place at sites in the USA and Canada.
What engines are used in Bombardier aircraft?
Bombardier uses engines from Honeywell, General Electric (GE) and Rolls-Royce in its fleet.
|Learjet 75 Liberty||Honeywell TFE731-40BR|
|Challenger 350||Honeywell HTF7350 turbofans|
|Challenger 650||GE CF34-3B MTO|
|Global 5500||Rolls-Royce Pearl engine|
|Global 6500||Rolls-Royce Pearl engine|
|Global 7500||GE Passport|
|Global 8000||GE Passport|