Also places options for two additional aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace has received one firm order and two options for Bombardier Challenger 604* widebody aircraft from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for use in runway and airway calibration and other special missions.
The new aircraft will join a fleet of three Bombardier Challenger 601-3R* jets and six Bombardier Learjet* 60 midsize aircraft currently being used by the FAA for civil and military runway calibration worldwide. It is scheduled for delivery in November 2004. The aircraft will be produced at Bombardier’s facility in Montreal, and outfitted with a special mission interior at a completion center in the United States.
“This latest order from the FAA further reaffirms the Bombardier Challenger’s growing popularity as a special missions aircraft with government agencies around the globe,” stated Derek Gilmour, vice-president, Government and Special Missions aircraft sales, Bombardier Aerospace. “Its widebody cabin, which can accommodate multiple work stations, a powerful interior electrical system, and proven reliability and versatility, make it the ideal platform for these types of missions.”
“By leveraging all our resources, we are able to guarantee the FAA an entire package under one very cost-effective contract,” observed Mr. Gilmour. “This includes the best platform and specialized completion capabilities, as well as customized pilot and maintenance training.”
“Bombardier’s ability to provide an effective solution for our special missions needs was a key factor in our decision to select additional Bombardier Challenger aircraft for our fleet,” said Joe D. Smith, contracting officer, FAA. “We have been very satisfied with our Challenger 601-3R aircraft and look forward to further strengthening our capabilities with these aircraft.”
The FAA took delivery of its first of three Bombardier Challenger 601-3R for use in a multi-role capability in 1993. The aircraft are based at Oklahoma City and used mainly for worldwide runway calibration missions.
Several Bombardier Challenger aircraft are currently in multi-role service in Canada, Denmark and the Republic of South Korea. It is also used as a head of state aircraft in Australia, China, Germany, Jordan, Korea, and Malaysia.
Over 600 Bombardier Challenger aircraft have been delivered to date, including 269 of the popular Bombardier Challenger 604, the current production model. Since receiving Transport Canada type approval in August 1980, the Bombardier Challenger family of aircraft has been sold to operators in more than 50 countries and by the end of October 2003, the fleet had flown more than 2.49 million hours with a dispatch reliability in excess of 99.74 per cent.
First certified by Transport Canada in September 1995, the Challenger 604 is the fifth and most advanced Challenger model to date, with a maximum range of 4,027 nautical miles (7,458 km). Its modest fuel consumption and the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in its class give the Bombardier Challenger 604 exceptional mission flexibility, equally suited for long intercontinental missions or frequent regional trips.
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, 2003 were $21.2 billion Cdn and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
N.B. Fiscal year 2002-03 revenues have been restated following the sale of the recreational products business.
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