Montréal’s Aerospace Sector Aims for the Sky
Within the international aerospace sector, Montréal is a true rarity – one of the few cities in the world where all the required pieces to build an aircraft are available within a 30-kilometre radius of the city. Tip to tail! Home base to several leading companies and aerospace organizations, Montréal is an indispensable part of the world’s top trio of preeminent aerospace cities, alongside Seattle and Toulouse. An active, groundbreaking hub of research, advancement, and construction, Montréal is truly a city with its head in the clouds.
From Drawing Board to All-Aboard
Montréal’s aerospace interests are wide and varied, from invention to maintenance. The manufacturing sector offers active production of aircraft both business and commercial, helicopters, landing gear, and engines. R&D activity in Montréal includes trendsetting avionics and leading-edge flight simulators. And besides forging the way in new technological advances, Montréal also keeps pre-existing aircraft flying sky-high as a primary international centre of maintenance and repair.
And if those shiny aircraft themselves weren’t streamlined enough, the MACH initiative led by Aéro Montréal, aims to increase Québec-based productivity and competitiveness while acting as catalyst towards greener production and supply chains. These initiatives guarantee Greater Montréal’s continued place at the forefront of international aerospace development.
Brass Tacks: The Numbers
- Montréal is home to the world’s second-largest density of aerospace jobs: 42,000 people work within or related to the sector, and one person in 93 works in a job related to the aerospace sector.
- The concentration of Canadian aerospace initiatives housed in Québec accounts for 55% of Canadian aerospace sales, and more than half of the entire job force in the national aerospace industry.
- The aerospace industry in Québec accounts $15.5 billion in annual sales, of which 80% comes from exports.
- Québec receives 70% of Canadian spending on research and development performed in the country, with Montréal hosting 98% of the province’s aerospace activity.
- Prepping the next generations of aerospace workers, Montréal’s four major universities count over 18,000 students enrolled in aerospace-related programs. More than 4500 students graduate annually.
Nuts and Bolts, Movers and Shakers
Québec is home to over 235 cutting-edge aerospace companies whose operations run the gamut from initial conception to manufacture. Some leaders include:
- ICAO: The International Civil Aviation Organization
- IATA: The International Air Transport Association
- IBAC: The International Business Aviation Council
- CIFA: International Council for Aerospace Training
- IFALPA: International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations
- CANSO: Civil Air Navigation Services Organization
- ACI: Airports Council International
- IFATCA: International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations
- WACA: World Airlines Clubs Association
- ICSPA: International Cospas-Sarat Programme
To Even Greater Heights
Furthering a civic embrace of all things aerospace, the Palais de congrés de Montréal plays host to the second edition of International Aerospace Week April 3-7. An opportunity for the worldwide aerospace community to gather and exchange ideas via a full program of presentations, luncheons and networking, IAW 2017 sharpens focus on the ever-changing evolution of the aerospace sector, with Montréal the perfect host.
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