Canadian aircraft builder Bombardier has decided to sell its business with amphibious-aircrafts to another Canadian company – Viking Air. The deal was signed on June 20, 2016.
The deal covers the transfer of the type certificates for the models CL-215, CL-215T and Bombardier 415 Superscooper. The value of the transaction is unknown.
The agreement will be subject to revision and authorization from the Canadian government, which has to make its statement in the next few months.
From Bombardier said that they’re aiming to optimize their portfolio towards producing high profitable products such as business jets, airliners and railroad stock.
Bombardier itself is not the original constructor of the amphibian family. It was created by the company Canadair, which in 1986 was purchased by Bombardier.
It’s not the first time Viking Air buys complete designs from Bombardier. In 2006 the company bought the type certificates of all models ever created by de Havilland Canada, except DHC-8. A year later da company restarted the production of DHC-8 twin otter, which successfully continues to this moment.
According to Bombardier currently around the world are exploited about 150 amphibians of the company, 85 of which are latest model Bombardier 415. The last machine of this type was assembled in December 2015, after which the manufacturer has frozen the program.