Wichita is the new home of Bombardier’s US headquarters

Learjet photo courtesy of Bombardier

WICHITA—Bombardier, a global aviation leader, has designated Wichita as its headquarters in the United States, according to a statement posted on the company’s website.

Bombardier’s footprint in Wichita includes a growing service center that supports Bombardier’s entire family of Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets.

The site also continues to operate one of the world’s leading flight test centers which performs aircraft upgrade testing and certification on all new Bombardier aircraft programs, including the certification campaign underway for the Challenger 3500 jet.

Kansas Congressman Ron Estes (third from left) and Governor Laura Kelly at Tuesday’s announcement – photo courtesy of Bombardier

Wichita is also home to the new Bombardier Defense, reflecting the company’s strategic expansion of its existing specialty aircraft division. Expanding the defense market is a key growth area for the company. With Bombardier Defense Reimagined, led by Steve Patrick, Vice President of Bombardier Defense, the company will leverage original equipment manufacturer (OEM) design, manufacturing and certification expertise to deliver agile and innovative solutions hosted on Bombardier’s state-of-the-art aircraft platforms. This center of excellence for defense applications, technology and innovation makes full use of Wichita’s workforce and local industry.

Bombardier Defense also confirmed on Tuesday additional firm orders for modified versions of its Global 6000 aircraft, as part of a potential US$465 million order from the United States Air Force (USAF) in support of the Battlefield program. Airborne Communications Node (BACN). Last year, Bombardier won the USAF Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) engineering and modification contract to modify up to six Global 6000 business jets to become BACN E11-A platforms. Bombardier Defense will continue to leverage Wichita’s highly regarded expertise to provide in-service support and upgrades to the USAF’s expanding BACN fleet, underscoring Bombardier’s status as a key employer in the aerospace in the United States.

“Wichita was the obvious choice to house the new U.S. headquarters of Bombardier and Bombardier Defense,” said Eric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “For more than 60 years, the Air Capital of the World’s established skills and expertise are second to none, and this latest confirmation from the United States Air Force is testament to the confidence they have in our aircraft. and, above all, in the strength of our people in Wichita.

Along with the announcement of Wichita as the company’s US headquarters, Bombardier also announced that Tonya Sudduth, former Vice President of Operations, Wichita Site, has accepted the newly created role of Chief US Strategy Officer. Based in Wichita, Tonya Sudduth will lead Bombardier’s U.S. strategy, leveraging her vast knowledge and wealth of aerospace experience to build strong relationships with key community, government and industry stakeholders to strengthen and develop increase Bombardier’s presence at all its sites in the United States.

Bombardier continues to expand its presence in the United States and in Wichita. The company leveraged the high-level expertise of Wichita teams and doubled the size of its service center to meet existing and anticipated demand. From three hangars just four years ago, Bombardier’s service center in Wichita has grown to include seven hangars today, providing Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft operators with exceptional value and customer experience for original equipment manufacturers. Bombardier Defense also benefits from dedicated hangars to meet growing demand.

Between Bombardier’s Service Center, Flight Test Center and Bombardier Defense, the company is actively recruiting to immediately fill more than 180 jobs in Wichita and nearly 500 jobs in the United States. To that end, Bombardier’s US headquarters will host an open house on April 23, 2022 for employees and guests to showcase the site’s extensive facilities and for job candidates to meet with recruiters.

Clifton L. Boyd