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Canada — and Bombardier — Lead in Both Aviation and Sustainability

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Eve Laurier

Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs, Bombardier

Amidst increasing climate crisis concerns, all eyes are on the sky — and aviation leader Bombardier is leading the way in sustainable aviation.

Canadians like to innovate — and that changed the world one invention at a time. When a teenaged Joseph-Armand Bombardier built his first “snow vehicle” in the 1920s, it was the start of a revolution in rural winter transport. The company he founded would go from snowmobiles, to Ski-Doo, on to reinventing mass transit in cities like Montreal and New York. In 1986, Bombardier took to the skies and today the company is known as a global leader in the design, service, and manufacture of the world’s most exceptional business jets.


Focusing on sustainable aviation

Headquartered in the greater Montreal area, Bombardier employs over 10,600 people in Quebec and Ontario, contributing $5.7-plus billion to Canada’s economy. But Bombardier has never been one for standing still. No matter what successes and laurels the company may have achieved, its gaze is always firmly set on the next innovation. And, right now, that means focusing on sustainable aviation.

“Bombardier is taking concrete actions to achieve the industry goal of net-zero carbon by 2050, notably by being the first business aviation manufacturer to cover all its operational flights with sustainable aviation fuel,” says Eve Laurier, Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs at Bombardier. “We’re also improving energy efficiency in our operations across our plants and service centres worldwide and securing new technology that will reduce carbon emissions on a long-term basis.”

Taking big swings for green aerospace

The commitment to sustainability is particularly evident in two ambitious landmark projects: the new 750,000-square-foot Bombardier global manufacturing centre at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga and its revolutionary blended-wing EcoJet research project. 

The EcoJet research project presents a combination of aerodynamic enhancements that will transform the aviation industry and its impact on the environment,” says Laurier. “The EcoJet is in a research phase and is paving the way to create technology that can be integrated into existing aircraft programs. The blended-wing-body design is central to the project and will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions through significant aerodynamic efficiencies. It’s adaptable to our needs for business jets and is key for a greener future.”

Moving forward with fresh innovations

Projects like the EcoJet are the future of aviation, and the pursuit of that future drives Bombardier’s expansion with the construction of its new facility at Pearson, the most advanced aircraft manufacturing site in the world built with sustainability in mind. This centre will provide a high-tech working environment for the 2,000 Toronto-based employees as they shape tomorrow’s sustainable aviation, while continuing to work on the class-defining Global aircraft family.

“The market conditions are certainly favourable for innovation and a solution-oriented shift in the industry to fight climate change,” says Laurier. “The demand for business jets is strong, especially for large-cabin, long-range aircraft, and we’re producing the perfect answer to this demand right here in Canada.”

Canada will keep moving forward in the aerospace sector, and Bombardier will continue fostering Canadian innovation to transform the industry.

Blue skies and a green tomorrow ahead

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