Bombardier Delivers 326 Aircraft For Fiscal Year 2006/07

  • Third consecutive year increase in deliveries of business aircraft
  • Resurgence of turboprops continues: 71 per cent increase in deliveries of Q-Series airliners

Bombardier announced today that it had delivered 326 aircraft for fiscal year ended January 31, 2007. This compares to 337 aircraft deliveries in the previous fiscal year 2005/06 (year ending January 31, 2006).

“Higher deliveries of our industry-leading business jets and highly efficient turboprops confirm their popularity within an expanding customer base,” said Pierre Beaudoin, President and    Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “In the business aircraft segment, last year, we delivered the 100thChallenger 300 and the 200thGlobal business jets, highlighting the continued strength and momentum of these very successful programs. On the regional aircraft side, our  Q-Series aircraft with their low operating costs and state-of-the art technology are well positioned for the continued resurgence in turboprops. In the last few months, we have made inroads in the U.S. market with the sale of our Q400 turboprops to Frontier Airlines while other airlines in the U.S. are also currently examining the benefits this aircraft can bring to their operations,” he added.

Deliveries of our business jets totalled 212 compared to 197 for the same period last fiscal year, an increase of eight per cent. Fifty-five of the business aircraft delivered last fiscal year were of our new category-leading Challenger 300 jets. Deliveries of 42 of our Global jets also contributed to the increase, with 21 deliveries each for the Global Express XRS and    Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft.

In the regional aircraft segment, deliveries totalled 112 regional airliners compared to 138 aircraft for the same period last year, including 63 deliveries of the CRJ700/CRJ900 regional jets compared to 74 deliveries in fiscal 2005/06. The increase in demand for cost-efficient turboprops translated into increased deliveries of our Q-Series regional turboprops, with deliveries of the Q400 reaching 31 aircraft compared to 16 in the previous year.

Two Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft were delivered during fiscal year 2006/07, the same number of deliveries as the previous year.

The following table provides delivery totals by aircraft type.

Bombardier aircraft – Fiscal year 2006/07 deliveries:
The following table provides delivery totals by aircraft type.

The three per cent decrease in total aircraft deliveries is mainly attributable to reduced deliveries of CRJ Series aircraft in the context of the U.S. airline restructuring and fewer deliveries of Learjet aircraft than planned due to a three-week work stoppage in October 2006 as a result of a strike in the Wichita facility.

Today, airlines are focusing on operating economies and are opting for larger and more efficient regional jets. Given the low operating costs of the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 regional jets, Bombardier is well positioned to gain a significant share of the demand.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, 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).

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Note to Editors
Bombardier’s status reports for the CRJ Series and Q-Series aircraft programs are now available on www.bombardier.com 

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Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Aerospace
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