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Bombardier demonstrates strong commitment to Asia-Pacific market

Feb. 13, 2008, Montréal, February 12, 2008- Underlining the importance of the Asia-Pacific marketplace, Bombardier Aerospace will attend the Singapore Airshow 2008.


February 13, 2008
Carey Fredericks

Feb. 13, 2008, Montréal, February 12, 2008- Underlining
the importance of the Asia-Pacific marketplace, Bombardier Aerospace
will attend the Singapore Airshow 2008. Held from February 19 to
February 24, at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Changi Exhibition
Centre, more than 30,000 trade visitors from 42 countries are expected
to attend this biannual event. 

As
the Asia-Pacific region continues to show rapid growth in both the
commercial and business aviation sectors, Bombardier Aerospace is well
positioned to offer the right solutions to meet the needs of airlines
and corporate travelers throughout the region.

“Bombardier’s
strong commitment to Asia-Pacific and the Indian sub-continent is
evident through our ongoing investments in the region,” noted David
Dixon, Regional Vice-president, Sales, Asia-Pacific and India,
Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With sales offices in Singapore,
Beijing, Hong Kong and Mumbai, and five Field Service Representatives
currently based in the region, Bombardier is ensuring customers in this
exciting market have access to our complete range of innovative
business jets, as well as the support they need to keep their aircraft
flying.”

Bombardier’s
comprehensive family of business jets is the largest of any Original
Equipment manufacturer (OEM). Bombardier Business Aircraft continues to
lead the Asia-Pacific market  including
the Indian sub-continent in both the large and ultra long-range
aircraft segments with approximately 68 per cent and 58 per cent of the
installed base respectively*. With an installed base of over 100
business jets, Bombardier Business Aircraft sees a promising future for
the region.

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Bombardier’s premier business jet charter program, Skyjet International,
will also be represented. With access to over 930 business jets
worldwide, a rapidly growing international network and a range of
innovative turnkey travel solutions, Skyjet International continues to forge new paths for business jet charter in the Asia-Pacific region. 

As
a leading supplier of aircraft to regional airlines in the Asia-Pacific
region, Bombardier is well positioned to support the region’s domestic
regional aviation network. There are currently 191 Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and 62 CRJ
regional jets in service or ordered by 39 operators in 13 countries in
the region. When the in-service fleet of jets and turboprops are
combined, Bombardier is a dominant player in the region with 53 per
cent of all regional aircraft.

 

“The CRJ and Q-Series
aircraft provide outstanding dispatch reliability, passenger appeal and
operating economics, said James Dailly, Senior Vice-president, Sales,
Bombardier Regional Aircraft. The CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, which is scheduled to enter service in 2009, is being designed to have these same qualities, he added.”

As
our mission to support customers, Bombardier has spare parts depots
located in Singapore, Beijing (China), Sydney (Australia), and Narita
(Japan). Taikoo (Shandong Aircraft Engineering Ltd. (STAECO) of Ji’nan
(China), Hawker Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Bankstown (Australia), Jet
Aviation Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Jamco (Japan), Execujet (Australia
and Dubai), Air Works (India), and Metrojet Limited (Hong-Kong) are
part of Bombardier’s authorized service facilities in the region. In
2007, Bombardier opened a Bombardier Regional aircraft support office
at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

 

As the market in the Asia-Pacific region and China continues to grow, our proposed Bombardier CSeries
jetliner, should it be launched, will be ideally positioned to meet the
needs of our customers, open new market opportunities and replace many
of the aging narrow-body aircraft presently in service in the region.
Designed specifically for the lower end of the 100- to 149-seat
commercial market, the CSeries will have the most spacious
cabin in its class, providing a wide body experience in a single aisle
aircraft. A launch decision is expected in calendar 2008.

 

In
June 2007, the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC I) and
Bombardier announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a
long-term strategic cooperation in the five-abreast, 90- to 149-seat
commercial aircraft market. This alliance marked a further extension of
a well-established history between Bombardier Aerospace and AVIC I,
which includes the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) that supplies
components for the Q-Series turboprops.

The
Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event, will
take place at the new Changi Exhibition Centre. The Bombardier chalet
will be located at CD-65.

 

Bombardier aircraft on static display at Singapore Airshow 2008

Three of Bombardier’s high-performance business jets will be displayed at the show: the Global Express XRS, the Challenger 605, and the new Learjet 60 XR aircraft, which makes its regional debut in Singapore.

Learjet 60 XR: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR
is poised to set new standards in performance, comfort, value and
versatility in the worldwide midsize jet market. The aircraft’s higher
operating altitudes – certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) – translate to
time savings due to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence.
With a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (863 km/h), the Learjet 60 XR
jet is one of the fastest aircraft in its category. The aircraft can
fly Singapore-Mumbai non-stop and delivers superior climb capabilities,
with proven fuel-efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical
mile*.

Challenger 605: In service since January 2007, the Challenger 605
jet features the widest stand-up cabin of any large category business
jet available today. It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line
21 avionics suite and an all-new cabin electronic system. It can whisk
eight-passengers from Singapore-Sydney non-stop*. Optional equipment on
the Challenger 605 now includes the Bombardier Enhanced Vision
System (BEVS), providing pilots with significantly improved situational
awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway
environment in difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility
and or darkness.

Global Express XRS: The pioneering Global Express XRS
business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate
aircraft – offering more cabin volume and more floor space than its
closest competitor. No other business jet in the ultra long-range
segment matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this
aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet
can link Singapore-Rome non-stop with eight passengers and
three-to-four crew*. The Global Express XRS jet now features
the Global Vision flight deck. The new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite
is paired with superior design aesthetics from world-renowned design
consultancy firm Design Q, to create the ultimate flight control
environment, providing Global aircraft pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and comfort.

 

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, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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