If the summer of 2018 has been particularly hot in Quebec and elsewhere in the world, it seems that this is also the case with the global aerospace supply chain, which is showing obvious signs of overheating. After Bombardier and Airbus have experienced delivery problems in recent years, it is now Boeing’s turn to be hit by supply problems; three suppliers have been identified: CFM, Spirit Aerospace and Tyssenkrupp. Shipments of B737 dropped to 32 aircraft in July 2018, its lowest total since July 2012. During the fall, we will follow up with the suppliers here to see if they are up to date. their deliveries to manufacturers.
Bombardier is loud and clear that it intends to stay in the commercial aircraft sector, but its refusal to identify where the Q400 will be assembled after the closure of the Downsview site gives vent to all kinds of rumors. A decision in the fall would be welcome in this file.
The election of October 1st will undoubtedly have a major impact on the actions of the Quebec government in the aerospace industry and air transport during the next mandate. But it will probably be necessary to wait for the next provincial budget in order to be able to measure the real extent of these changes.
The month of July will be one of novelty and change starting with Les Ailes du Québec being made available in english starting July 1st. The new web site will be named Wings Over Quebec and our goal is to make most of our publications available in both languages. This will allow us to present news of Quebec’s aerospace industry and aviation to a wider audience.
July is also a month of transition for the C Series as Airbus takes control of it; most likely Airbus will introduce the new name for the C Series during this month. It will interesting to see how the European giant will showcase the newcomer at the Farnborough air show. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft should not be outdone during the grand Farnborough fair and new CRJ orders could be announced.
Montreal Airport should be able to give the first contracts for the expansion and upgrade work coming up. Given the number of new routes that have been added over the last year, the Montreal airport is expected to be very busy and we will see if all the improvements done over the last two years are working correctly.
Have a nice summer.