Bombardier Aerospace

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Bombardier Aerospace (French: Bombardier Aéronautique) is a division of Bombardier Inc. It is the fourth-largest aircraft company in the world in terms of yearly delivery of commercial airplanes overall, and the third-largest in terms of yearly delivery of airplanes overall.[1][2] It is headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.[3]

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History

The aerospace division was launched with the 1986 acquisition of Canadair Ltd., at the time owned by the Government of Canada, and a company that had recorded the then-largest loss in history of any Canadian corporation. The Federal Government could not allow the Montreal-based company to close, and any hints that it might do so were met with media stories of the government's cancellation of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow in 1959.[citation needed]

After acquiring Canadair and restoring it to profitability, Bombardier acquired in 1989 the near-bankrupt Short Brothers aircraft manufacturing company in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This was followed in 1990 by the acquision of the bankrupt Learjet Company of Wichita, Kansas, builder of the world-famous Learjet business aircraft and finally the money-losing Boeing subsidiary de Havilland Aircraft of Canada based in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.[4]

The aerospace arm now accounts for over half of the company's revenue. Bombardier's most popular aircraft currently include its Dash 8, CRJ100/200/440, and CRJ700/900/1000 lines of regional airliners. It also manufactures the Bombardier 415 amphibious water-bomber and the Challenger business jet. Learjet continues to operate as a subsidiary of Bombardier and manufactures jets under the Learjet name.

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