So, there was an announcement yesterday re. proposed layoffs at Bombardier.

This is most unfortunate for the 11% of the workforce that will see ‘pink slips’ over the next couple of years. However, we can’t help wondering if the millions of dollars (Canadian or otherwise) in bizjet sales commissions paid to the somewhat loose network of Bombardier’s ‘agents’ and ‘authorized sellers’ might have been better deployed and thereby possibly averting such a dramatic cutback in payroll.

A workforce reduction of this magnitude, coupled with major bizjet program delays (the Global 7000) and past problems with the Global XRS do not exactly imbue your clients and potential clients with a sense of “all is well”…no wonder Gulfstream recently announced a strong order book for its G650 and ER.

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