WICHITA - The Wichita Business Journal reports Bombardier Aerospace on Tuesday warned employees in an internal memo of plans to trim 1,700 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, with a spokesperson later confirming that the plan will affect about 550 jobs at its Learjet facility in Wichita.
Spokesperson Annie Cossette says the layoff notices will go out in the coming weeks, with both union represented and non-represented employees, as well as independent contractors, being affected.
She also says the Wichita layoffs will include some of the employees recently furloughed at the local site and 200 contractors who had already left in December.
Bombardier announced earlier this week that both deliveries and net orders of business aircraft dropped in 2013.
Meanwhile, the company has also seen delays to both its Learjet 85 and CSeries passenger jet programs.
The bulk of the 1,700 jobs being cut from the company’s aerospace division are coming from the Montreal area.
Cossette also says the layoffs will span all Learjet product lines.