Bombardier to cut 550 Wichita workers

Published On: Jan 21 2014 10:22:23 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 21 2014 06:22:33 PM CST
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Canadian company Bombardier Inc. is going ahead with massive layoffs its aerospace division across North America.

Annie Cossette, Bombardier Business Aircraft spokeswoman, said the layoffs will affect 1,100 workers in Canada and 550 in Wichita.

"Market conditions continue to being very challenging, especially in the light aircraft segment," Cossette said.

The layoffs will be made over the coming weeks. The positions being cut involve contracted unionized and management positions and include 300 already eliminated in December, 200 of those were contract workers in Wichita.

The company disclosed the decision to its workforce an internal memo, citing delays with two new aircraft and a tough market.

Bombardier Inc. said it needs to preserve cash amid delays in the CSeries commercial jet and Learjet 85 business jet as well as due to tough market conditions.

"This is a difficult decision we have to make to protect our business in the long-term," Cossette said.

Eyewitness News reported earlier this month 300 Learjet employees would be furloughed during the first half of the year. The layoffs are in addition to the furloughs.

The company said in a memo to employees that the furloughs will take place in two-week blocks over a six-week span.