Bombardier To Lay Off Hundreds In Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Aircraft maker Bombardier is planning to lay off about 200 workers in Wichita, citing delays in its Learjet 85 program.

The Wichita Eagle reports the company said Tuesday the moves will affect about 70 contract and temporary workers, about 100 permanent employees and about 40 who will be reassigned.

The cuts will also affect a plant in the Mexican city of Queretaro, which makes some components for the new business jet. About 250 workers there will be reassigned or laid off.

The Learjet 85 made its first flight in early April. The company had hoped to put it into service this year.

Spokeswoman Molly Edwards says the company will try to reassign as many workers as possible, so that they can return to the Learjet 85 program when production ramps up.

Posted by: Nick Viviani