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Bombardier Inc. announced Thursday that it laid off 620 people in Wichita. The layoffs took effect that same morning. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Bombardier says it's going to layoff about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, including the 620 in Wichita. The Montreal-based company said the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet, despite a predicted rebound in the small- and medium-sized business jet market this year.

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.

Spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau with the Montreal-based company said Thursday that Bombardier plans to reorganize the company into four business segments before Jan. 1.

Bombardier says production-related jobs will not be affected. It plans a 15 percent reduction in what the company calls "indirect functions," such as human resources, finance and communications.

Aircraft maker Bombardier says it will lay off about 200 workers in Wichita.

The company says this will affect about 70 contract and temporary workers, 100 permanent employees, and about 40 who will be reassigned.

The Learjet 85 made its first flight in early April.

The company had hoped to put it into service this year.

Bombardier says it will put about 300 of its Learjet employees on furlough during the first half of the year.

The company released a memo to employees, saying that the furloughs will take place in two-week blocks over a six-week span.

Vice president and general manager Ralph Acs says that the furloughs involve production of the Learjet 70 and 75 and direct support staff members.

Employees will find out this month who is affected and what dates they will be furloughed.

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Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.

Machinists Union spokesman Bob Wood said people will be returning to work at the Wichita plan Monday. Wood described Saturday's offering as a "substantial improvement" over the proposal that prompted the October 8 walkout.