Bombardier Aerospace Highlights New Business Aircraft and Services at EBACE

Two new Bombardier business jets will make their debut at the show

Bombardier Aerospace continues to underscore its commitment to developing innovative aircraft and services for Europe, showcasing two new business jets at the fourth annual European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 25 - 27.

Bombardier Aerospace has made great strides in the European business jet market in the last five years. During this period, the company captured more than 56 per cent share of the European business jet market in the ultra long-range segment with the Bombardier Global Express*.

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Bombardier will kick off EBACE with the pre-show debut of the Bombardier Learjet 40* business jet. The world’s premium light jet, offering superior range, payload and cabin volume, is scheduled to arrive at Geneva International Airport on Sunday, May 23.

Top industry officials led by Brian Humphries, Chairman, European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), Donald Baldwin, President, National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) and senior executives from Bombardier Aerospace will welcome the new jet.

On Monday, May 24, Bombardier Business Aircraft will host a news conference to highlight a sales announcement and provide a product update.

On Tuesday, May 25, Bombardier Flexjet Europe will host a press conference to announce a significant new transportation program and highlight a new worldwide service.

Bombardier aircraft on static display at EBACE 2004

Four Bombardier business aircraft will be showcased throughout the show. They include the Bombardier Learjet 40 light jet, the Bombardier Learjet 45 XR super-light jet, also making its EBACE debut, the Bombardier Challenger* 300 super-midsize corporate jet and the Bombardier Global Express ultra long-range business jet.

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. The first Learjet 40 delivered in Europe has been in charter service with Cirrus Aviation for the past three months.

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

Bombardier Challenger 300: The first true super-midsize business jet offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, combined with a full eight-passenger cabin. This impressive jet can fly non-stop from Geneva to Dubai. The Bombardier Challenger 300 obtained certification from the European Joint Aviation Authorities on July 31, 2003 and entered service in January 2004. Seven Challenger 300 aircraft are currently in service; the first European delivery is expected in mid-2004.

Bombardier Global Express: With over 120 aircraft in service worldwide since 1999, the Bombardier Global Express continues to prove that it is the definitive ultra long-range business jet. Flying at Mach 0.89, (590 mph; 950 km/hr), just under the speed of sound, it flies farther, faster than any other business jet, connecting Geneva – Los Angeles and Geneva – Singapore in record time. Its successor, the Global Express XRS, offers even more range at higher speed, a superior cabin and performance enhancements.

Completing the Bombardier Global family is the new high-speed Global 5000. It offers the fastest transatlantic travel and is poised to receive European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in June 2004. The first Bombardier Global 5000, currently being equipped with a state-of-the-art interior, will enter service in the fourth quarter of 2004.

Bombardier will have a fully equipped exhibit located at booth #7521 in Geneva Palexpo Hall 7, and will once again host comprehensive technical and operation sessions for its Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft families.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004, were $15.4 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at

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Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
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