According to AINonline, RIM has announced a 40% employee layoff, and the closing of the corporate flight department.
In an effort to control recent losses totaling as much as $995 million, BlackBerry is closing its corporate flight department and selling off its fleet. Earlier this year, the company sold two Dassault Falcons and has plans to sell a Bombardier Global Express. "In light of the company’s current business condition, the company has decided to sell that aircraft [the Global Express] along with the two legacy aircraft [the Falcons] and will no longer own any airplanes," the company said in a statement. It is also planning to lay off about 4,500 employees
RIM’s flagship BlackBerry product was hit hard by the iPhone. Other manufacturers were too, but they were able to rally and update their product line to compete. RIM has arguably done that for the most part with their latest Z10 phone, but it seems too late to recapture waning business interest in the product line. They also re-engineered their BES (mobile device management) software to allow it to manage non-RIM devices. They have a good reputation in that area, and so that product may help their bottom line. The trouble is, business has basically given up on RIM solutions and has looked elsewhere. Can they recapture their market at this point? It’s doubtful.