Bombardier Aerospace Spreads Its Wings At Asian Aerospace 2006

Bombardier Aerospace will showcase its leading families of aircraft at Asian Aerospace 2006 in Singapore from February 21 to February 26.

During the show, Bombardier will display the CRJ900 regional airliner, the Learjet 45 XR, Challenger 850 and Global Express business jets. A full-scale mock-up of the next generation CSeries aircraft will also be displayed.

Bombardier Regional Aircraft is the leading supplier of aircraft to regional airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, with 150 Q Series turboprops and 55 CRJ regional jets in service or ordered by 35 operators in 13 countries.

“The CRJ and Q Series aircraft lead the market because of their dispatch reliability, operating economics and passenger appeal,” said James Dailly, Vice-President, International Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “The Q400 and CRJ900 aircraft are especially suited for the Asia-Pacific region. Deregulation and liberalization of traffic rights are leading to increased airline competition and new business models. These new business models require the most cost-efficient aircraft. The Q400 has the lowest operating costs of any regional aircraft, while the CRJ900 has the lowest operating costs of any regional jet.”

Bombardier is the undisputed leader in Asia-Pacific in the business aircraft segment with a 31 per cent market share. Over 100 Bombardier business jets are currently based in the region, more than any other manufacturer, with Bombardier holding a commanding lead in the super light (63 per cent share), large (76 per cent), ultra long-range (71 per cent) and converted airliner (52 per cent) segments.

"Asian customers are showing a strong preference for the entire line of Bombardier business jets, from the high performance Learjet and widebody Challenger to the superior Bombardier Global family, and it is clear that Bombardier business aircraft are the brand to beat while setting the standard for corporate aviation in Asia-Pacific," noted David Dixon, Regional Vice-President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

At Asian Aerospace, Skyjet International will also be present, extending to Asian customers the benefit of its truly global business aircraft charter service and a variety of innovative travel solutions. From its regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Skyjet International provides 24-hour access to a fleet of 900 high-performance business jets worldwide.

The new CSeries family of aircraft for the 90- to 149- passenger market segment will have the most spacious cabin in its class, providing a widebody experience in a single aisle aircraft. The combination of unsurpassed economics, superior performance, and range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km) under certain operating conditions will be the hallmarks of the new family and set the standard for the future.

The CSeries aircraft will be ideally positioned to replace many of the aging narrow-body aircraft presently in service in the Asia-Pacific region while at the same time offering airlines the opportunity to grow their networks with increased frequency and more point to point operations into markets which are currently not well served due to range and aircraft size constraints.

In 2004, Asian Aerospace attracted approximately 27,000 visitors over four trade days, and 48,000 visitors over the two public days. A total of 148 official delegations from 47 countries attended, with almost 800 exhibitors from close to 40 countries taking part.

Bombardier Aircraft on static display at Asian Aerospace 2006:

CRJ900: This regional airliner will be painted in Bombardier’s new house livery highlighting the CRJ “JetSense” marketing theme that promotes the CRJ Series as the most economical and versatile family of regional jets. The aircraft will be configured with 75 leather-covered seats – 10 business class seats at 37-inch (93.98 cm) pitch and 65 economy class seats at 34-inch (86.36 cm) pitch. TheCRJ900 is an adaptable and flexible aircraft and has the best operating economics in its class – 10 per cent lower than the competition.

Learjet 45 XR: Inspired by 40 years of Learjet history, the Learjet 45 XR business jet offers unmatched time-to-climb performance and faster high-speed cruise at all altitudes. With superior hot and high performance, it is certified to fly up to 51,000 feet (15,454 m), above traffic congestion and inclement weather common to the region. It can connect Singapore-Taipei non-stop with eight passengers and two crew.

Challenger 300: This first true super midsize business jet, which entered service in January 2004, can fly Shanghai-Jakarta non-stop with a full payload. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan manufactures the
Challenger 300 wings, Taiwan-based AIDC manufactures the empennage and Australia’s Hawker de Havilland manufactures the tail cone.

Challenger 850: This aircraft combines the largest cabin in its class with the outstanding dependability and performance of a CRJ200 regional aircraft. It features flexible interior configurations, capable of accommodating 15-19 passengers. The Challenger 850 aircraft has a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km) under certain operating conditions at Mach 0.80 and cruises faster and at higher altitudes than its competition. It can connect Singapore-Osaka non-stop with eight passengers and two crew.

Global Express: Since entering service in July 1999, the Global Express aircraft has earned its reputation as the definitive ultra long-range business jet, capable of connecting Hong Kong-Vancouver, Tokyo-New York and Shanghai-London. Its successor, the Global Express XRS business jet, offering even more range at higher speed, entered service in November 2005. The Bombardier Global aircraft’s wing and centre fuselage sections are designed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan.

Bombardier Press Conference at Asian Aerospace 2006
- Skyjet International and Bombardier Business Aircraft Press Conference
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Changi Exhibition Centre, ALPHA room

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, 2005, were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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For information
Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Business Aircraft
(514) 969-5181
leo.knaapen@aero.bombardier.com

Bert Cruickshank
Bombardier Regional Aircraft
(416) 375-3030
bert.cruickshank@aero.bombardier.com