Bombardier Raises The Benchmark At Pre-Eminent Business Aviation Forum

Double debut for widebody cabin leaders

Corporate aviation leader Bombardier Aerospace continues to raise the industry standard, showcasing an unprecedented display of its category-leading business jets and service solutions at the 59th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Florida, October 16-19, 2006.

Bombardier will feature seven aircraft, spanning virtually the entire spectrum of business aviation. The static display, at Orlando Executive Airport, will showcase the Bombardier
Learjet 40 XR premium light jet, Learjet 45 XR super light jet, Challenger 300 super midsize jet, Challenger 605 widebody large jet, comfort class leading Challenger 850 jet, high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 super large jet and Global Express XRS ultra long-range jet.

For the second consecutive year, Bombardier’s static pavilion is the largest of all the business jet manufacturers attending the show, featuring a 6,724-square-foot (2,049-sq.-m) air-conditioned, full-service guest chalet. Bombardier will kick-off NBAA with its first news event at its static pavilion on Monday, October 16, at 5:00 p.m.

Bombardier will also host a program briefing and announcement featuring the Challenger 850 jet on Tuesday, October 17, at 2:30 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, Media Center, Room N220F.

Emphasis on customer services and support
At the Orange County Convention Center, Bombardier’s 6,300-square-foot (585-sq.-m) exhibit (Booth 3097, North Hall) will underscore the company’s commitment to provide best-in-class customer service. A team of customer services specialists will be on hand at the exhibit, and the company will host technical briefings for Learjet, Challenger and Global series aircraft. Bombardier welcomes both customer and media attendees to attend its Smart Parts 20th birthday celebration at the Exhibit on Wednesday, October 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“We have arrived in full force at the world’s pre-eminent business aviation forum,” noted Pierre Gabriel Côté, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Bombardier is the only manufacturer with a full product and service offering, providing complete transportation solutions to aircraft operators worldwide. NBAA provides the ideal opportunity to reinforce our leadership and unveil our latest innovations, led by the superior new interiors featured in our best-in-class widebody aircraft.”

Double debut for widebody cabin leaders

The business jet power line-up will also highlight the world debut of the new Challenger 605, the latest innovation of the world’s best selling widebody business aircraft. Launched less than one year ago, this aircraft features the latest in flight deck avionics, a new cabin electronic system and significant new cabin design features. The new Global Express XRS -- featuring the widest cabin of any ultra long-range business aircraft – will make its NBAA debut. Highlights of this aircraft interior, which offers the ultimate in comfort for its passengers, including an Ethernet-based cabin electronic system and state-of-the-art entertainment equipment.

Bombardier aircraft on display at NBAA at Orlando Executive Airport include:
Learjet 40 XR: The six-to-seven passenger Learjet 40 XR aircraft features the widest and most spacious cabin in its class and a dedicated spacious aft lavatory. This next generation jet delivers faster time-to-climb performance under all conditions -- particularly in hot and high operating environments -- requiring only 23 minutes to reach 43,000 feet (13,106 m). For example, it can whisk six passengers from Jackson Hole to Teterboro in an impressive three hours, 39 minutes.

Learjet 45 XR:
The eight-to-nine passenger Learjet 45 XR aircraft flies faster farther, with more passengers than any other super light business jet. Its passenger cabin area is
15 inches (38 cm) longer than that of its competitors, and it offers seated passengers more head and shoulder room than any other aircraft in its class. Delivering enhanced performance at high altitudes and in hot temperatures, the aircraft can fly approximately 2,000 nautical miles
(3,717 km) with eight passengers, two crew and full fuel*.

Challenger 300: The first true super-midsize jet offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight passengers. The aircraft, which entered service in
January 2004, can fly Miami-Seattle non-stop with a full payload, and its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease*.
The 100th Challenger 300 aircraft manufactured will enter customer service in early October.

Challenger 605:
Launched in November 2005, the Challenger 605 jet features the widest stand-up cabin of any large-size business jet available today. It operates at a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82 (870 km/h), and offers an increased payload capacity of 200 pounds (91 kg), with up to 12 passengers. The aircraft is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite that supports real-time satellite graphical weather and electronic charts to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, and features a state-of-the-art Ethernet-based Cabin Electronic System.

Challenger 850:
This 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. The first Challenger 850 executive jet made its world debut in Moscow in September 2006.

Bombardier Global 5000:
The Bombardier Global 5000 offers superior transatlantic speed as well as the most advanced business jet cabin, incorporating the first Ethernet-based Air Show 21 application in corporate aviation. The aircraft’s category leading speed – up to Mach 0.89 – is most evident on intercontinental flights, where, compared to other jets in its class, it knocks a full hour off long-distance routes such as New York-São Paulo, Chicago-Frankfurt and San Francisco-Lima*.

Global Express XRS: The pioneering Global Express XRS business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate aircraft, offering 28 per cent more cabin volume and 45 per cent more floor space than its closest competitor. Designed to provide a highly productive working environment and deliver ultimate comfort, the cabin features up to 6-foot,
3-inch (1.91-m) stand up height, 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 Global Express XRS connects more cities faster than any other business jet in the ultra long-range class.

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.

Bombardier, Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Challenger 850, CRJ200, Bombardier Global 5000, and Global Express XRS are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Editor’s note
*Under certain conditions.

For information

Leo Knaapen
Manager, communications
Bombardier Business Aircraft
514-969-5181
leo.knaapen@aero.bombardier.com 

www.bombardier.com