Bombardier Aerospace celebrates a Brazilian first: three new business jets make debut at LABACE

Top of the line Bombardier business jets will be on static display at the show

Bombardier Aerospace continues to underscore its commitment to developing innovative aircraft, showcasing three new business jets at the second annual LABACE (Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition) convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 14 - 17.

To kick-off LABACE, Bombardier Aerospace will mark the Brazilian debut of the Bombardier Learjet 45 XR super-light jet and Bombardier Challenger* 300 super-midsize corporate jet, which will also be making its South American debut. The event will be held at the SATA hangar at Congonhas Airport on Wednesday, April 14.

The two new jets will be welcomed by top industry officials led by Mr. Adalberto Febeliano, executive director, Brazilian Business Aviation Association (ABAG), and Mr. Bob Blouin, Senior Vice President of Operations, National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), as well as senior executives from Bombardier Aerospace and OceanAir, Bombardier’s exclusive sales agent in Brazil. The Bombardier Learjet* 40 premium light jet will complete the debut trio, making its arrival at LABACE in time to appear on static display on opening day.

The flagship ultra long-range Bombardier Global Express* business jet will also join the debut trio on static display at Congonhas Airport throughout the show.

On Thursday, April 15, Bombardier Aerospace will host a news conference and product update for the media, with a significant announcement regarding the Bombardier Learjet 40 in Latin America.

In addition to its static display, Bombardier has an exhibit at the main exhibition hall in the Transamérica Expo Center, and will once again host technical and operation sessions for its Bombardier Learjet family of aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace continues to lead
in Latin America

Bombardier’s comprehensive range of business aircraft continues to attract significant interest among operators throughout the region. Bombardier Aerospace is a leader in the Brazilian and Latin American business aviation market, with 75 Bombardier business jets based in Brazil and over 262 throughout Latin America.

Bombardier Aerospace has firm roots in Brazil, which is home to one of the largest Bombardier Learjet fleets in the world. “Speed, performance, and the ability to access small airstrips make the Bombardier Learjet ideally suited to meet the requirements of Brazilian operators,” noted Fabio Rebello, regional vice-president, Sales, Latin America, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft. “As Brazilian operators continue to evolve, they can grow into the Bombardier Challenger and Global families of business jets, which offer superior intercontinental flight into the United States and Europe.”

Bombardier aircraft on static display at LABACE 2004 include:

Bombardier Learjet 40: The Bombardier Learjet 40, the latest addition to the legendary family entered service in January 2004. This six-to-seven-passenger premium light jet offers the best performance, cabin, speed and range in its class.

Bombardier Learjet 45 XR: The new eight passenger Bombardier Learjet 45 XR is an enhanced version of the Bombardier Learjet 45, offering superior hot and high performance. It will enter service in mid-2004.

Bombardier Challenger 300: The all-new super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300 entered service in January 2004. The aircraft, which offers true transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, combined with a full eight-passenger cabin, obtained full certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada and the European Joint Aviation Authorities. This sensational jet can fly one-stop from Sao Paulo – to the United States.

Bombardier Global Express: Conceived from a clean sheet design, this is the first and only corporate aircraft purpose-built to accommodate the desires of the most sophisticated and demanding traveler. Flying just under the speed of sound, it flies faster and farther than any other business jet. It can connect Sao Paulo – San Francisco and Sao Paulo – Jeddah in record time.

About Bombardier
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Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Sao Paulo: +(5511) 9276-3607

Jayme Brener
Sao Paulo: +(5511) 9608-7955