Bombardier Shuts Production of Business Jet After Contractor Tested Positive for Coronavirus
Bombardier will call off Canadian manufacturing of its corporate jets to comply with constraints imposed by provincial governments aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, a supply acquainted with the matter stated Monday.
The Canadian region of Ontario and Quebec, where Bombardier’s flagship Global 7500 and other model business aircraft are respectively assembled and completed, have ordered all non-essential workplaces to shut as of late Tuesday.
The source stated the corporate was weighing the performance of essential services such as customer service operations.
Ontario’s premier declared a two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses beginning Tuesday, while Quebec’s decree will last until April 13.
However, an internal letter to Bombardier Aviation staff stated the corporate would be closing down “all non-essential operations” in Ontario and Quebec until April 13, or further notice to bolster the two governments’ announcements.
Bombardier is set to become a “pure-play” business jet manufacturer when it completes the sale of its rail unit next year to France’s Alstom SA.
Earlier Monday, some of the workers at Bombardier’s factory in Toronto were sent home after a contractor tested positive for the novel coronavirus, also called as COVID-19, the union’s acting plant chair Bill Bell stated in an interview.
The employee got sick a week before and had stopped working at the factory since, stated Bell of Unifor’s local 112.