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2013-04-22 - Boeing Winnipeg will expand its Murray Park site by more than 22% to house new composites work for its 737 MAX airplane. The site will be used to to construct the one-piece composite acoustic inner barrel for the aircraft`s engine nacelle inlet.
2013-04-22 - Three European aerospace engineering and design companies are setting up or expanding their presence in Montreal, creating nearly 200 jobs over three years. German company PFW plans to move its Seattle-based aerospace tube and duct systems business to Montreal, while Austrian firm FACC Solutions, which specializes in the manufacture of composite components on aircraft, will open an engineering office to complement its existing work on business aircraft interiors. LGM of France plans to invest more than $2 million over three years to develop its business in Canada. The company specializes in risk management and testing in the aerospace and railway industries. The companies said they were attracted to the city because of the availability of trained workers and their ability to work with large locally based manufacturing companies such as Bombardier.
2013-02-27 - Boeing and the University of British Columbia will partner to research new discoveries in composite manufacturing into practical applications under a new partnership. Boeing is the founding industrial member of UBC's Composites Research Network.
2013-01-29 - Thales opened the Defence and Security Centre in Innovation Park at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The centre will work on Canadian Army's Land Command Support System. Thales Canada is now engaged with Queen's University researchers working on disruptive software architectures and human-machine-interface technologies.
2013-01-08 - If the Canadian government backtracks on its support of the Lockheed Martin F-35, Dassault is prepared to participate in a tender, offering the Rafale as an alternative. The government restarted the process of searching for a new fighter jet but hasn't walked away from the F-35 yet.
2012-11-20 - Thales has announced that its R&D facility at the Parc Technologique in Quebec City is now an official Thales Research & Technology centre. The new Thales Research & Technology facility in Canada will focus its efforts on fundamental research for cybersecurity; information fusion with smart networks and sensors; cognitive sciences; social media analysis; optimisation algorithms; mobile platforms; modelling and simulation.
2012-11-26 - Bombardier said it had received its largest executive jet order to date from Switzerland’s VistaJet Holding placing a firm order for 56 of its Global business aircraft valued at $3.1 billion based on list price. But the order could reach 142 aircraft if all options are exercised, raising its value to $7.8 billion. The value of the firm order eclipses another record order from Warren Buffett’s NetJet’s in June 2012 for $2.3-billion for 100 of Bombardier’s mid-sized Challenger business jets, and a previous order for 50 of its Global business jets from the fractional ownership company in March 2011.
2012-11-18 - Nav Canada, the private company that manages air traffic over Canada, says it will spend up to $150 million for a controlling stake in a joint venture with a U.S. satellite company that will track planes in real time anywhere in the world. Canada will make the investment in five instalments through 2017, giving it a 51% stake in the joint venture. Iridium Communications, based in Virginia, will own the remaining 49%, though it said it was open to taking on other investors. The joint venture will allow aircrafts to fly closer together and use more optimal altitudes and routes -- saving fuel and decreasing carbon emissions.
2012-10-21 - A multibillion-dollar project to buy new search-and-rescue aircraft for the Canadian military has turned into a full-fledged competition, attracting aircraft manufacturers from around the world, Defense-News reports. The Canadian Forces reversed its previous decision to operate only one type of aircraft for the new search-and-rescue fleet, opening up the $3 billion competition to new aircraft built in Canada, but also potentially to planes ranging from Lockheed Martin’s C-130J to Embraer’s KC-390.
2012-07-23 - General Motors of Canada outlined its commitment to significantly invest in research and development activities in Canada. Between 2009 and 2016, GM is making investments totaling $850 million in R&D in Canada, which will provide long-term sustainable benefits to GM and the Canadian automotive sector through 2016 and beyond. The bulk of GM’s investment is said to go toward the development of electric cars and environmental research rather than jobs on the assembly line.
2012-07-09 - WestJet announced its selection by Aviation Week as a top 10 international airline. The study ranks airline carriers across the world by their annual revenues, using financial and operational data to rate publicly traded airlines in five different performance categories. Over the past year, WestJet has grown to include seven code-share and 18 interline agreements. In May, WestJet announced record first-quarter net earnings of $68.3 million, the airline's 28th consecutive quarter of profitability.
2012-07-12 - Bombardier says it signed $3.27 billion in firm orders and other commitments at this year's Farnborough International Airshow. The Montreal-based company said it signed deals for up to a total of 52 aircraft with China Express Airlines, airBaltic, Jazz Aviation and an undisclosed customer during the show. That brings the year-to-date total at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to 154 firm and conditional orders as well as options for the year so far from 11 different customers.
2012-06-27 - Aerolia, a subsidiary of EADS, says it will create more than 150 jobs on two sites as it supplies a key component of the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 jets. The provincial government is providing $15 million, including a $5 million grant, towards the $82.4 million project in the Montreal area. Aerolia will begin its development efforts by mid-2013. Production of the first sub-assemblies will take place in Aerolia’s sites in France and Tunisia.
2012-06-19 - Bombardier’s moribund regional-jet pision got a lift from an order for 12 CRJ1000 96-seaters. The buyer is a leasing firm, a subsidiary of Denmark’s Nordic Aviation Capital, which will lease the aircraft to Garuda Indonesia. That carrier was the launch customer for Bombardier’s CRJ1000, the most recent stretch of its regional-jet family.
2011-09-22 - French aeronautics group Latecoere, which specializes in three complementary fields of activity: aerostructures, wiring systems, and engineering and services, is pursuing its international development by setting up a new Canadian subsidiary in Greater Montréal. The company plans to hire 60 employees by 2014. This expansion of Latecoere Group outside of the European continent is being carried out through its subsidiary LATecis and will enable it to strengthen its relationship with its principal Canadian customer, Bombardier, for which it has already designed aerostructures. LATecis Canada will also be responsible for developing new business relationships with numerous companies present in Canada in the aeronautics, space, defence and transportation sectors.
2011-09-07 - Dalhousie University, in Halifax, is receiving funding from Boeing to support R&D projects to strengthen the aerospace industry. The projects include: advanced materials development, mobile graphics, and visual and text analytics. "The research community at Dalhousie values our relationships with the private sector, not only for the advancement of knowledge but also for commercial applications that improve quality of life and create good jobs," said Dalhousie Vice President of Research Martha Crago.
2011-07-14 - Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), in Mississauga, Ontario, is to market new products, increase competitiveness and provide support to Ontario aerospace industry. As a result of recent tax changes in Ontario, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging new business investments. The development of more electric engine technologies will help operators to reduce their fuel consumption and emissions, decreasing the impact of air travel on the environment. New manufacturing processes will also help to reduce waste and increase efficiency.
2011-07-12 - Ottawa renewed its funding of the Quebec Aerospace Association with a grant of nearly $1 million for three years. The minister of transport, infrastructure and communities and minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, called the financial aid “essential (to develop) well-targeted strategies to help our innovative enterprises grow and prosper, both in Canada and abroad.” The group has about 229 members who employ 39,500 people in the aerospace industry in the province. The supplier network is in transition, attempting to switch from a produce-on-demand sector for large aviation manufacturers to making more value added products.
2011-07-04 - Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker spoke of the airline’s entry into the Canadian market as a significant step in its expansion strategy. The launch of the non-stop flight between Doha and Montreal is the eighth new route launched by the carrier with a further seven destinations being added by November. Montreal becomes the airline’s fourth destination in North America. It currently operates daily flights to New York, Washington and Houston direct from Doha, the second busiest airport in the Gulf region. The Qatar Airways’ group of companies includes a corporate jet division, Qatar Executive, which operates four new Canadian-built Bombardier aircraft.
2011-07-03 - Rio Tinto Alcan's Dubuc plant in Quebec will increase its production of highly specialized AIRWARE alloys for the aeronautical industry by more than 50% following the signing of a contract with Constellium's Global Aerospace division. The president of Constellium's Global Aerospace division said that to meet the requirements of the new contract, Dubuc Works will need to expand its current operations.
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