Analysts on average expected the company to post annual revenue of $6.56 billion, according to Refinitiv data. Corporate jet makers have reported swelling order backlogs on persistent strong demand for private flying, especially in the United States, the world's largest market for business aviation. That trend has benefited Bombardier, whose stock has risen about 31% in the past year, along with rivals Gulfstream business jet maker General Dynamics Corp and Cessna jet maker Textron Inc, which report earnings on January 25.
"As President and CEO of Bombardier, I want to publicly share my concern that Canada, which is facing an important choice about the airborne surveillance of its vast borders, may be considering awarding a sole-source contract directly to Boeing." Martel's comments come after a recent media report that Canada was considering a multi-billion dollar purchase of up to a dozen P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Boeing.
The Berkshire Hathaway-owned private aircraft firm will be the fleet launch customer for the Global 8000s, and operate 24 of the new line by upgrading its entire in-service Global 7500 fleet. Montreal-based Bombardier launched the Global 8000, its new long-range business jet, in May this year to compete better at a time when private jet operators are expanding their fleet to meet growing demand from the ultra-rich.