Bombardier considers to shift more Q400 plane work from Canada to Mexico

Bombardier Inc. considers options to shift more component work on its Q400 plane from Toronto to Mexico or another lower-cost region, the plane and train maker said to Canadian media in recent days.

The Montreal-based company has announced it will reduce costs on the turboprop plane by moving Q400 wing and cockpit work from Toronto. However, when and where that work will move hasn’t been decided, said Todd Young, vice-president of customer service and support for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

“The final decision will be based on economics,” he said at an all-day session updating the company’s commercial aircraft programs. “We will not make a decision that is not going to save money for the Q400.”

The component assembly work could be transferred to its low-cost centers in Mexico or Morocco or be outsourced to third-party suppliers. The final assembly of the plane will be completed in Toronto.


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