Bombardier Aviation, the world's third-largest aircraft maker, said it eventually will assemble entire airplanes at its new plant in Mexico - it just can't be sure when.
``Bombardier expects our Mexican plant to have the capacity to assemble complete airplanes for emerging markets some time in the future,'' the company said in an April 21 news release.
``Unfortunately, we are not in a position to give a date because many things that need to happen in the country before we can think of manufacturing a complete aircraft in Mexico are out of our hands,'' said Carlos Mateos Beltran, an official spokesman for Bombardier Aviation in Mexico.
Included on the firm's list of must-happens are:
* Bringing Mexican aviation regulations into line with international rules to enable aircraft assembled in Mexico to be flown internationally.
* Establishing adequate aeronautical educational programs.
* Setting up an appropriate supply-chain network and infrastructure.
All those measures relate to the government, he said, indicating that progress on all three fronts is being made. Mateos Beltran is director of public relations company CM Comunicaci¢n of Mexico City.
Dorval, Quebec-based Bombardier Aviation - a unit of Bombardier Inc. in Montreal - officially inaugurated its Queretaro, Mexico, plant Feb. 28.
It shipped its first fuselage - for the Challenger 850, one of Bombardier's largest business aircraft - from a temporary manufacturing facility in Queretaro in January 2007.
The company produces electrical harnesses and structural components at the new complex, which employs 800.
According to Mateos, Mexico's President Felipe CalderÃ³n Hinojosa already has announced the building of a national aeronautical school close to the Bombardier plant.