Greater Montréal’s aerospace industry once again proved its prowess by announcing a slew of contracts, investments and partnerships at the prestigious Farnborough International Airshow held in the UK in mid-July.
Héroux-Devtek kicked off the auspicious week by landing a contract worth several hundred million dollars to manufacture the landing gears for future Boeing F18 fighter planes. The Longueuil company will also be manufacturing the landing gear for the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, from 2020 to 2025.
Other Québec aerospace titans received major orders:
- Bombardier sold four CRJ900 regional jets to Uganda Airlines, for approximately $250 million;
- CAE will be manufacturing five flight simulators and two flight training devices for Qatar Airways;
- Pratt & Whitney Canada will be supplying 104 auxiliary power units to China Southern Airlines’ A320 airliners.
Furthermore, Esterline CMC Electronics and Safran Landing Systems Canada both announced major projects to upgrade their Québec facilities, worth $24.4 million and $11.8 million respectively. NSE Group and Drakkar also announced the launch of an aerospace technical and logistics services firm in Montréal that will create more than 100 jobs over three years.
Just like last year, Québec was well represented at Farnborough, thanks to Montréal International and a delegation of some sixty executives and decision-makers from the public and private sector. Québec’s aerospace industry, primarily concentrated in Greater Montréal, accounts for 40,000 specialized jobs in some 200 companies, and posts annual sales of over $15.5 billion.
To learn more
Profile on Greater Montréal’s aerospace industry (Montréal International)
Aéro Montréal (Québec’s aerospace cluster)
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC)