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Bombardier sells four high-speed Global 5000 jets

Jan. 18, 2008, Montreal- Bombardier has announced the sale of four high-speed Global 5000 jets, which will be operated by the German Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Special Mission Wing.

January 17, 2008  By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 18, 2008, Montreal- Bombardier has announced the sale of four high-speed Global 5000 jets, which will be operated by the German Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Special Mission Wing for VIP transport and Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) flights. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2011.

The Global 5000 jets were selected by the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement in Germany (BWB), as part of a broader agreement regarding the modernization of the MoD's Special Mission Wing. Lufthansa Technik AG of Hamburg, Germany, is the prime contractor for the overall agreement, which also includes the purchase of two Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliners. The six new aircraft will replace the MoD's existing fleet of Challenger 601 aircraft.

"Bombardier has a long standing relationship with the German Ministry of Defence, a Challenger aircraft operator for more than 20 years. We are delighted that they have once again selected Bombardier aircraft for their Special Mission Wing and to fly German government and parliamentary officials," said Derek Gilmour, vice-president, sales and marketing, Bombardier Aircraft Services. "The Global 5000 jet is the best suited aircraft to meet the BWB tender's 12-seat jet requirement, which includes intercontinental range and the ability to reconfigure the interior to MedEvac capabilities when required."

The high-speed Global 5000 jet features an intercontinental range of up to 4,800 nautical miles (8,890 km)(i), a superior short field performance and a high-cruise speed of up to Mach 0.89 (950 km/h). The MoD's Global 5000 jets will feature a 12 to 13-passenger seating configuration and the MedEvac cabin re-configuration possibilities will include the option to carry an intensive care patient transport unit.
As the prime contractor for the procurement contract with the BWB, Lufthansa Technik is responsible for the purchase and technical support of the six aircraft, as well as the completion of the two Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliners. The four Global 5000 jets will be completed at Bombardier's Global aircraft completion centre in Montreal and Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services in Berlin will provide technical support for the jets.


German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH & CO.KG (GOAL), a joint venture of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and KG Allgemeine Leasing, is acting as subcontractor for Lufthansa Technik AG with respect to the acquisition of the four Global 5000 aircraft.

Fastest time ever recorded for a civil flight between Berlin and Washington, DC

A Global 5000 jet set a new speed record on October 21, 2007, flying 3,652 nautical miles (6,765 km) non-stop from Berlin to Washington, DC, in just eight hours, 17 minutes. This fourth National Aeronautic Association-sanctioned world record performance for the Global 5000 jet represents the fastest time ever recorded for a civil flight between Berlin and Washington, DC.

Two of the previous three records were route/distance-proving flights. On July 16, 2004, a Global 5000 aircraft flew 4,816 nautical miles (8,919 km) non-stop linking San Francisco-London in nine hours, 34 minutes, while on October 12, 2004, the same aircraft flew 4,597 nautical miles (8,513 km) non-stop against fierce headwinds linking Dublin-Las Vegas in nine hours, 55 minutes. Both previous records were performed at a speed of Mach 0.85 (562 mph; 904 km/h). The third was a transatlantic speed record. On June 11, 2005, a Global 5000 jet flew 3,510 nautical miles (6,500 km) non-stop, linking Chicago-Paris in just seven hours, 15 minutes.

The benefit of the aircraft's category-leading speed is most evident on non-stop intercontinental flights. Compared to other jets in its class, it trims up to a full hour from long distance routes such as Moscow-New York in nine hours, 29 minutes, Johannesburg-Geneva in 10 hours, Jeddah-Jakarta in nine hours, 53 minutes and Sao Paulo-Madrid in nine hours, 20 minutes(i).
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 .

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