Bombardier Aerospace delivers new Bombardier Learjet 45 business jet to Hughes Air Corporation

Calgary-based charter operator adds its second Bombardier Learjet 45

Bombardier Aerospace today delivered another Bombardier Learjet* 45 super light business jet to Hughes Air Corporation (Corp.) of Calgary. The aircraft was presented to Patrick Hartigan, chief pilot, Hughes Air Corp., during a brief private ceremony at the company’s hangar at Calgary International Airport.

The new Bombardier aircraft is the second Bombardier Learjet 45 to join the Hughes Air fleet and it will permit the company to expand its growing executive travel and jet charter service operation in western Canada and the United States.

“Since acquiring our first Bombardier Learjet 45 in July of 1999, the aircraft has been in constant demand, and we’ve been very pleased with its performance,” said Mr. Hartigan. “The Learjet 45 is well suited to the business trips made by Calgary-based executives to cities such as New York, Toronto and Houston. As our business is growing steadily, it made sense to add this new aircraft to the fleet.”

“The Bombardier Learjet 45 is a great aircraft and provides Hughes Air with the most modern business jet aircraft fleet in Alberta,” Mr. Hartigan added.

Established in 1984 and based at Calgary International Airport, Hughes Air Corp. offers an aircraft fleet that is available for executive travel and North American business charter services.

Bombardier Learjet 45 an obvious fit

The Bombardier Learjet 45 brings together a multitude of high performance characteristics that make it particularly well suited to charter service. With eight dedicated seats in double club configuration, passengers can easily converse and conduct business privately, while traveling in comfort.

As with all Bombardier Learjet aircraft, the Learjet 45 delivers unparalleled performance and speed. Certified to routinely operate at altitudes of up to 51,000 feet (15,545 m), the Learjet 45 travels above traffic and weather at cruise speeds of up to Mach 0.81(534 mph; 859 km/hr) to get passengers to their point of business faster. With a maximum range of 2,102 nautical miles (3,893 km) with four passengers, two crew, and IFR reserves, it links city pairs such as Toronto-Mexico City, Vancouver-L.A., Vancouver-Montréal, and Halifax-Houston.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
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