Bombardier deliveries grounded by US government shutdown
The partial U.S. government shutdown is in its second week and it's affecting at least one major Montreal-based exporter.
Aerospace giant Bombardier says two of its planes are grounded because the government shutdown has put a hold on registration of new aircraft by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
And that also means other upcoming deliveries to the U.S. could have their wings clipped.
"When we're unable to deliver the aircraft, we're definitely unable to receive payment for this aircraft," spokesman Marc Duchesne told CJAD 800 News.
"It does definitely slow the delivery process at our Toronto plant where we manufacture the Q400 aircraft as well as in our Mirabel plant where we manuafacture the CRJ regional jet aircraft," Duchesne said.
A CRJ-900 is waiting to be delivered to Delta Air Lines and a Q400 utrboprop is supposed to be going to Republic Airways.
Other businesses that depend on U.S. government contracts or approvals to introduce new products are also starting to feel the pinch, such as pharmaceutical companies and food processors. Duchesne would not speculate on contingency plans or consequences if this drags on.
"For now, it's a minimal impact, so let's not panic but it's a nuisance, definitely."