On Wednesday, March 9, Montréal International welcomed a group of 11 specialized reporters coming from all over the world (the United States, Japan, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Great Britain) to get a taste of Canada’s innovative aerospace industry and explore Greater Montréal, the country’s No. 1 aerospace hub.
After visiting Toronto and Ottawa, the group headed to Montréal for a media tour initiated by the federal government and organized by Global Affairs Canada. First thing on the agenda: a meeting to showcase and discuss the many benefits of investing in Greater Montréal and the city’s strengths in the field.
On hand for the event were two organizations invited by Montréal International: Aéro Montréal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, and FusiA, a French company that came to Montréal in late 2014 to develop its 3D printing (additive manufacturing) technology.
The group then spent the rest of the day touring the sites of Greater Montréal’s aerospace giants.
First, the reporters stopped by the Mirabel facility of aircraft manufacturer Bombardier – Commercial Aircraft, where they had the chance to explore a section of the 773,000-sq. ft. area dedicated to the impressive production line for CRJ and C Series aircraft. This was a great opportunity for everyone to get a closer look at and even board Bombardier’s test planes and latest state-of-the-art models being assembled for major international customers.
Next stop: the Saint-Laurent facility of CAE, a world leader in flight simulator pilot training solutions. At CAE, the reporters had the opportunity to learn more about the methods and equipment used in over 50 countries to train the world’s top civil and military pilots. They also got to put their flying skills to the test on board a helicopter flight simulator. Despite the rather bumpy flight, spirits were high and everyone had a great time.
At the end of the day, the group joined Aéroports de Montréal for a meeting that focused on projects intended to improve passenger experience at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport. Serving over 15.5 million travellers per year, the Montréal facility will go through many changes over the next few years, adding a number of direct flights to boost Montréal’s and Québec’s international appeal.
Later that evening, after an exciting day of learning and new experiences, the reporters left for Winnipeg, the final stop on their Canadian tour.
To learn more about Greater Montréal’s aerospace industry: http://www.montrealinternational.com/en/foreign-investments/sectors/aerospace/