AIAC congratulates Bell Helicopter on the unveiling of new helicopterFebruary 9, 2017
Mirabel (Quebec), February 9, 2017 – Today the first of Bell Helicopter’s newest aircraft, the 505 Jet Ranger X, rolled off the production line at its Mirabel, Quebec facilities. The company announced that it was locating the production of the new aircraft in Mirabel in 2016, creating over 100 highly-skilled jobs.
Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), attended the event and issued the following statement:
AIAC is pleased to congratulate Bell Helicopter on this important milestone. Bell has operated in Canada since 1983 and its decision to locate production of the 505 in Mirabel is a testament to the ongoing innovation and competitiveness of Canada’s aerospace industry. Our industry’s highly skilled workforce, global regulatory leadership, and commitment to innovation make Canada an attractive place for global aerospace companies like Bell Helicopter to invest and do business. This results not only in milestones such as the one we are celebrating today, but also increased opportunity for Canadian aerospace companies and the creation of well-paying middle class jobs. I commend the leadership of Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Transport Minister Marc Garneau, whose commitment to leveraging Canada’s competitiveness through the Innovation Agenda and through our regulatory and certification capabilities will result in more success stories like this one. AIAC looks forward to working with our members, including Bell Helicopter, and with our partners in government to continue creating Canadian jobs and growth for the middle class in the years ahead.
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes over $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 211,000 Canadians.
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