Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, today announced the details of the further expansion of Bombardier’s Learjet site in Wichita.
The growth of the site includes the expansion of the Bombardier Flight Test Center, the establishment of a Bombardier Center of Engineering and Information Technology, new facilities for paint and production flight test, as well as a new delivery center. The expansion also will help create 450 new jobs over the next seven to 10 years.
“This is great news and indicates the strength of our relationship with the state of Kansas,” said Ridolfi. “Learjet has a rich and solid history in Kansas, and we are committed to ensuring that it continues to grow and prosper along with new programs, such as the Learjet 85 aircraft.”
This expansion is being supported by an incentive offer worth $16 million in financial support from Kansas, which will be added to the $600 million investment Bombardier is currently making to develop the Learjet 85 midsize jet and to expand Learjet’s Wichita facility.
Bombardier Aerospace continues to invest in both current production Learjet aircraft, as well as innovative products, such as the all new Learjet 85 midsize jet. Launched on Oct. 30, 2007, the Learjet 85 aircraft is on schedule for entry into service in 2013.
“This great day for Wichita and Kansas highlights the strength and vibrancy of the Air Capital of the World,” said Brownback. “Our workforce, supplier base, infrastructure, research and development and aviation training assets are second to none, and today’s announcement says that loud and clear. We value the strong commitment of Bombardier to Kansas and treasure this long-term, mutually beneficial relationship, which will lead to further opportunities for growth.”