Bombardier Aerospace Demonstrates Its Commitment To The Mexican Market At AeroExpo 2007

Bombardier Aerospace displays its continuing commitment to the Mexican market with its attendance at AeroExpo 2007 from May 24 to 26. In addition to highlighting its wide product and services portfolio at the Bombardier Aerospace exhibit, the Company is presenting three aircraft at its static display.

With an impressive fleet of 155 business aircraft in Mexico – or approximately 30 per cent of the market share –Bombardier is the business jet market leader in the country. Setting the standard in the light, super-light and large segments – with approximately 46 per cent, 69 per cent, and 40 per cent market share respectively – Bombardier enjoys a strong presence in the region.

“Bombardier Business Aircraft is proud to be returning to AeroExpo as it provides us with a perfect stage to showcase our innovative product line,” said Fabio Rebello, Regional Vice-president, Sales, Latin America, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Mexican market continues to show a strong interest in our aircraft. A case in point is the Learjet 40 XR aircraft. With its impressive hot-and-high performance, it is leading in market share. Bombardier’s broad range of quality business jets continues to set the standard for corporate aviation in the region.”

Bombardier Regional Aircraft is also increasing its presence in Mexico as evidenced by AeroLíneas MesoAmericanas’ (ALMA de Mexico) growing fleet of 50-passenger CRJ200 regional jets that serve several destinations within Mexico. The airline currently operates 12 of these previously owned Bombardier regional aircraft and another three are on order. In addition, Banco de Mexico has two Q200 turboprop aircraft and the Mexican Navy has a Q200 turboprop aircraft in operation.

“Mexico is a developing market that offers excellent potential for regional aircraft. We believe our CRJ and Q-Series aircraft products are capable of completing a variety of missions that are required of them,” said James Dailly, Senior Vice-president, Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace is establishing a world-class manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico. The facility began operations in May 2006 by producing electrical harnesses and has now shipped its first Mexican-built Challenger 850 aircraft fuselage to Montréal. At the end of 2006, 300 skilled and trained employees were working at the Querétaro facility, with the expectation that employment will reach 600 by the end of 2007.

Bombardier Transportation is also present in Mexico through its facility in Ciudad Sahagún, acquired in 1992. Since this acquisition, Bombardier Transportation has become the most important supplier of the Mexican transit market, as most of the rolling stock of the Mexican freight and transportation systems were built in this facility. It currently employs approximately 2,000 people.

Trade visitors have the opportunity to visit AeroExpo 2007 from Thursday, May 24 to Friday, May 25. The site will be open for public visitors on Saturday, May 26. Bombardier Aerospace will be located at the Bancomer-Santa Fe Convention Center at Exhibit I-14.

Bombardier aircraft on static display include: 
Learjet 40 XR:
The six- to seven-passenger Learjet 40 XR aircraft features the widest and most spacious cabin in its class, and offers a dedicated and spacious aft lavatory. This next-generation jet delivers an impressive time-to-climb performance in all conditions – particularly in hot-and-high operating environments – requiring only 23 minutes to reach 43,000 feet (13,106 m). The Learjet 40 XR aircraft can make a non-stop connection from Toluca-Panama City*.

Challenger 300: The first true super-midsize jet, this aircraft offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, combined with a full eight-passenger cabin. It has the capability to fly non-stop and with a full payload from Mexico City-San Francisco and Mexico City-Montréal. And its superior airfield performance allows it to operate on 5,000-foot (1,524 m) runways with ease*

Global Express XRS: A pioneer in its class, the Global Express XRS business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate aircraft. Designed to provide an efficient work environment and deliver the ultimate in comfort, the cabin features a stand-up height of 6-foot, 3-inch (1.91-m) and a three-compartment configuration. With a transcontinental range of 6,150 nm (11,390 km)*, and a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.89, the connection between cities is faster with the Global Express XRS than on any other business jet in the ultra long-range class. It has the ability to connect Mexico City-London or Mexico City-Honolulu non-stop with a load of eight passengers*.

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, 2007, were $14.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, Learjet, Learjet 40 XR, Challenger, Challenger 300, Global and Global Express XRS are trademark(s) of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

* Under certain operating conditions.

For information:
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Aerospace
514 855-7989

www.bombardier.com