Bombardier Aerospace Arrives At AIREX 2008 Montréal, June 10, 2008

Bombardier Aerospace will showcase five of its aircraft at AIREX 2008 which is being held at the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, from June 12 to 15, 2008. This international civil aviation and airports exhibition is the main biennial aerospace event of the region – it covers Turkey, the Balkans, the Middle East and the CIS Republics.  

The aircraft on static display include the midsize Learjet 60 XR aircraft, the super midsize Challenger 300 jet, the widebody Challenger 605 jet, which will be making its Turkish debut at  AIREX, the ultra long-range Global Express XRS aircraft and a CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Bombardier Aerospace will greet visitors at the Bombardier chalet located at A1-FD1. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, the number of visitors attending AIREX 2008 has continued to grow over the years, with over 18,700 attending the event in 2006.

“AIREX provides us with the opportunity to present our innovative range of products to the fast-growing business aviation market in the Middle East and Turkey” said Khader Mattar, Regional Vice-President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With a growing customer base and customer support network in the region, we are best positioned to offer our customers the complete range of travel solutions that will meet their needs.” 

Bombardier Business Aircraft enjoys a strong presence in the Middle East and Turkey with its regional sales headquarters based in Dubai. Bombardier’s commitment to Customer Service in the region is also emphasized with a Bombardier Authorized Service Facility (Execujet Middle East), servicing Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft across the Middle East and a parts depot at the Dubai airport.

Bombardier dominates the large jet segment in the region with 22 Challenger 600 Series aircraft**, representing over 60 per cent of the market share for this segment in the Middle East and Turkey.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is enjoying a growing presence in the region as major airlines adapt their operations with more cost-efficient regional aircraft to feed their larger mainline aircraft networks. In addition, airlines such as Turkey’s AtlasJet appreciate that Bombardier’s regional jets – in its case, the 90-passenger CRJ900 aircraft – can offer a lower-cost alternative than competitive aircraft. 

“Bombardier’s CRJ Series regional jets and Q-Series turboprops are very competitive in terms of operating costs, performance and passenger comfort,” said James Dailly, Senior Vice-President, Sales, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our 110- to 130-seat CSeries and 90-seat Q400X aircraft, if launched, will provide improved fuel efficiencies, comfort and reduced environmental footprint.”


Over 650 CRJ and Q-Series aircraft are in service or on order in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Learjet 60 XR: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR is a model of performance, comfort, value and versatility in the 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 (861 km/hr), the Learjet 60 XR jet is one of the fastest aircraft in its category.The aircraft can fly Istanbul-Addis Ababa non-stop and delivers superior climb capabilities, with proven fuel-efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile*.


Challenger 300: The only business jet to feature Lufthansa Technik’s top of the line NICE™ cabin management system, this first true super-midsize aircraft offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight passengers. It can fly Istanbul-Delhi 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*.


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 five-passengers from Istanbul-Beijing non-stop*, in superior comfort. Optional equipment on the Challenger 605 jet 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 Geneva-Lima and Istanbul-Rio de Janeiro non-stop with eight passengers and three-to-four crew*.

CRJ900 NextGen: In service since 2003, the CRJ900 airliner was given the NextGen designation when that program was introduced in 2007. CRJ NextGen aircraft are achieving improved economics from fuel burn savings and direct maintenance cost reductions achieved through lower airframe maintenance requirements. The CRJ NextGen aircraft are responding to today’s environmental challenges by offering further reduction to greenhouse gas emissions. The aircraft’s interiors include improvements designed with the overall passenger experience in mind. 


About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial 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, 2008, were $17.5 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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* Under certain operating conditions

** As at December 30, 2007

For information
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Aerospace
(514) 855-7989