Bombardier Cuts 1,360 Jobs as Plane Sales Drop

TORONTO (AP) _ Canada's Bombardier Aerospace is cutting 1,360 jobs, some of them at its Wichita plant.

The cuts represent about 4.5 percent of the work force at the world's third-largest maker of commercial aircraft. Bombardier said today the cuts come as it decreases Learjet and Challenger production in response to flagging demand.

The number of jobs to be cut in Wichita was not immediately clear. The cuts are expected to include 1,010 temporary workers and about 350 permanent staff members.

Wichita has been hit hard by the sagging aircraft industry. Last week, Boeing Co. announced it plans to cut 10,000 jobs. Earlier, Wichita-based Cessna Aircraft said it plans to lay off another 2,000 workers.