Headquartered in Quebec, Canada, Bombardier Aerospace competes with the Brazilian firm Embraer for the title of 3rd largest aircraft manufacturer after the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing. Bombardier, Inc. (originally, only a railways company) established its aerospace division through the acquisitions of a number of faltering aviation companies: Canadair in 1986, Belfast-based Short Brothers in 1989 (thus, establishing a European presence), Learjet Company of Wichita, Kansas in 1990, and finally, the Boeing subsidiary de Havilland Aircraft of Canada in 1992. Bombardier Aerospace now accounts for more than half of its parent company's revenue.
Unlike its competitors Airbus and Boeing who focus of 300-seat large jetliners, Airbus found success in the < 100-seat regional/business jet market.
Bombardier's successful line of regional/business jets include:
- The Dash 8 Series 400
In 2013, Bombardier unveiled an all-new family of aircraft targeted to the 100-to 149-seat consumer market-the CSeries. The maiden flight of the CSeries also marked the inaugural flight of Pratt & Whitney's new Geared Turbofan PurePower engine.