Bombardier Aerospace says it is cutting 1,360 jobs, or about 4.5 percent of its work force.
The cuts include 350 jobs in Wichita. 210 cuts will come from temporary, or contract employees. 140 permanent employees will also be released.
"The decision to reduce our workforce was difficult to make
and we fully recognize the impact it will have on our affected workers,” stated Bombardier CEO and President Guy Hachey.
The world's third-largest maker of commercial aircraft said Thursday the cuts come as the company decreases Learjet and Challenger production in response to flagging demand.
The Montreal-based company says it expects to face more challenges throughout 2009 amid weak market conditions.
The job cuts are expected to include 1,010 temporary workers and about 350 permanent staff members.
Layoffs will take place at facilities in Montreal, Wichita and Belfast, Ireland.