Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has donated a CRJ100 aircraft to be used in British Columbia Institute of Technology´s (BCIT) Aerospace programs, the company said.
It is Bombardier´s first donation of a commercial aircraft to an educational institution and symbolizes the company´s commitment to the training of a skilled workforce and further strengthening of the aerospace industry in Canada. The CRJ100 aircraft spent many years in service across Europe before it was retired and transferred to the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus.
During a recognition event held today at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond, BC, Jim Sorokan of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft encouraged the participating students to pursue their dreams of joining the aerospace industry while developing their skills at BCIT training on the CRJ100 aircraft. In response, the students conducted demonstrations on the CRJ100 aircraft for the assembled audience that included faculty members and representatives of the BCIT Foundation.
British Columbia Institute of Technology sees nearly 50,000 students enroll each year in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business, computing, engineering, and health sciences.
MontrÃ©al, Canada-based Bombardier (TSX: BBD) is a manufacturer of both planes and trains. Together with its subsidiaries, it manufactures and sells transportation equipment worldwide. The company operates in four segments: business aircraft, commercial aircraft, aerostructures and engineering services, and transportation. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the company posted revenues of USD16.3 billion.