$500 million Mississauga jet-building plant donates private jet to college students

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Published October 12, 2022 at 5:01 pm

(Photo: Bombardier Twitter)

Global aviation leader Bombardier, which will open a $500-million state-of-the-art jet manufacturing plant at Pearson Airport in Mississauga sometime next year, isn’t usually in the business of just giving away private jets. 

But the Montreal-based company did just that last Friday, for the fourth time in recent years providing Toronto’s Centennial College and its Aerospace and Aviation program students with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle.

The Global 7500, one of the world’s largest and longest-range luxury business jets, was towed to Centennial College at Downsview Airport.

Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel was on hand as company and college officials noted that the jet donation “…will support training important to solving the growing labour demands of the sector, giving students hands-on experience with the industry’s most advanced avionics and airframe features, including high-performance wings.”

Bombardier, whose 770,000-sq.-ft. Global Manufacturing Centre in Mississauga will open in 2023 and bring plenty of jobs with it, makes both Challenger and Global aircraft.

They’re renowned for their “cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance and reliability,” company officials say, adding Bombardier has a worldwide fleet of some 5,000 aircraft in service.

Bombardier’s new Mississauga plant will open sometime in 2023. Company officials say the transition from Bombardier’s final assembly plant currently located in Downsview, which was built in the 1960s, to the new facility will greatly reduce the company’s industrial and environmental footprint in the area.  

When Bombardier’s Mississauga plant is built, it will take on the 2,000 employees working at the firm’s current jet-building facility in Downsview, which was built in the 1960s.

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