Bombardier Aerospace Delivers First Challenger 300 into Corporate Service

New super-midsize business jet seen by first U.S. “traditional” customer as ideal step-up

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that Dean Phillips Inc. has taken delivery of a new Bombardier Challenger* 300 super midsize business jet, marking the first delivery of the all-new jet to a “traditional operator”.

The aircraft (s/n 20010) was delivered to Dean Phillips Inc. on April 15. It marks the fifth Challenger 300 to enter into service to date; the first four aircraft have been operating since January with Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional ownership program.

As of March 31, the Bombardier Flexjet Challenger 300 fleet had already logged over 1,000 flight hours in daily service across America. The in-service fleet, including the function and reliability test aircraft had already logged over 1,800 hours in daily service worldwide. The sensational jet has successfully criss-crossed over the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans and proven its reliability in extensive tours in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.

Dean Phillips Inc. is a growing multi-national company with interests in banking and financial services, natural gas processing, propane distribution, agriculture and food processing. It has operations and offices in the United States, Europe and Australia.

A Bombardier customer since 1993, the company also currently operates a Bombardier Learjet* 60 midsize business jet, and previously operated a Bombardier Learjet 31A.

“This was the right decision – we needed a larger aircraft and we liked how Bombardier developed this new Challenger 300,” observed Dean Phillips, president and chief executive officer. “It offers an excellent step-up for us, providing fast and comfortable transportation to our various operations in the U.S. and Australia.”

Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft, said the Phillips’ decision underscores the benefits of Bombardier’s wide-ranging and flexible product line
“The Challenger 300 offers a perfect fit between our Learjet 60 and Challenger 604 and sets the standard by delivering true transcontinental range, best-in-class cabin and value.”

Experienced owner/operators

Dean Phillips and his spouse, Dee, are both avid flyers and experienced Bombardier Learjet pilots, with type-ratings on the Bombardier Learjet 31A, Learjet 45 and the Learjet 60. They also recently graduated from the Bombardier Challenger 300 pilot training program at Bombardier’s training center in Dallas-Fort Worth, Tex.

In addition to flying a Level-C full flight simulator in Dallas, they also used a Level 5, FAA-certified flight training device (FTD) as an integral part of their ground school system integration lessons. A Level 5 FTD has the equivalent fidelity to a full flight simulator without motion or visual systems.

“We’ve completed training and now we have the aircraft – I just can’t wait to fly this new jet. Until now, I’ve been flying our Learjet 60 to our cotton operations in Australia, with Dee acting as co-pilot, and we now look forward to using the Challenger 300 for these long trips abroad. Its modern cockpit, superior range, exceptional speed and spacious, big cabin will make it a pleasure to fly,” offered Mr. Phillips, a pilot for 40 years.

Sophisticated, high performance business jet

Powered by two new Honeywell HTF7000 high bypass turbofan engines delivering
6,826 pounds (30.4 kN) of thrust at takeoff, the Bombardier Challenger 300 can cross the United States within just five hours. A 4,750-foot (1,448-m) takeoff distance and a landing distance of 2,610 feet (796 m) give it exceptional short airfield accessibility.

It delivers a top speed of Mach 0.82 (541 mph; 870 km/h) and a maximum non-stop range of 3,100 nautical miles (5,741 km) with eight passengers and is approved to a maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 m). Its 28.6-foot-long cabin (8.72 m) provides a superior working environment with a well-appointed standard interior that features double-club seating, reclining seats, ergonomic tables and power outlets.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004, were $21.3 billion Cdn and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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Information:
Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Montréal: +(514) 855-7988