Bombardier Challenger 850 Executive Jet Makes World Debut In Russia

First Challenger 850 executive jet completion by Lufthansa Technik

Bombardier Aerospace today premiered the first Challenger 850 executive business jet at the Jet Expo 2006 international business aviation exhibition.

“This first Challenger 850 executive aircraft highlights the ongoing confidence business jet customers have demonstrated in the Challenger widebody aircraft family,” said Jahid Fazal-Karim, senior vice-president, new aircraft sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Market interest worldwide is solid for both the executive and shuttle variants of the Challenger 850, particularly in Russia, where there is continued strong demand for executive aircraft.

“In fact, Russian operators are increasingly turning to Bombardier to address all their corporate transport solutions. We are working closely with both Russian operators of Bombardier aircraft and with regulatory bodies to introduce new aircraft and new services that broaden the base of corporate aviation in Russia.”

Bombardier is the leader in large and ultra long-range business jet sales in Russia Its premier business jet charter program, Skyjet International, offers Russian travellers a range of turnkey travel solutions and access to some 950 business jets worldwide.

First of six Challenger 850 jets in completion at Lufthansa Technik
The debut also marked the first Challenger 850 executive aircraft completion by Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, Germany. The company has over 40 years of experience in VIP completions of large aircraft interiors and offers the latest technology and materials to provide innovative and elegant executive interiors, matching the superb quality of the Challenger 850 aircraft itself. Bombardier and Lufthansa Technik signed an agreement securing completion positions for 17 Challenger 850 executive jets in November 2005.

“The first Challenger 850 executive aircraft completion marks a new era for Lufthansa Technik, which has now entered the promising business jet completion segment. Working closely with Bombardier on many projects during the last years, we have established an excellent base for integrating state-of-the-art interiors that achieve unmatched levels of business jet traveller comfort,“ said Bernhard Conrad, senior vice-pesident completion center and head of approved design organization, Lufthansa Technik.

The Bombardier Challenger 850 executive jet combines the outstanding dependability of a CRJ200 airliner with an executive cabin and the superior level of support business aircraft customers demand. The large cabin Challenger 850, featuring a transcontinental range of up to 3,044 nautical miles (5,636 km) *, sets the benchmark for comfort class jets.

About Lufthansa Technik
Lufthansa Technik is the world’s leading provider of technical services for commercial and VIP aircraft. It is the corner stone of Lufthansa German Airlines’ first-class technical image, and it includes a further 540 airlines and other operators of transport aircraft among its customers.
For decades Lufthansa Technik has been involved in the engineering and completion of VIP interiors for modern airplanes. News and information available at www.lufthansa-technik.com 

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, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD).
News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Editor’s note
*Under certain conditions.

Bombardier, Challenger 850, and CRJ200 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. 

For information

Leo Knaapen
Manager, media relations
Bombardier Business Aircraft
Montreal: 514-855-7988
leo.knaapen@aero.bombardier.com

Tatiana Bessertnaya
Media relations
The PBN Company 
Moscow: 7-495-775-0077
tatiana.bessmertnaya@pbn.ru