Bombardier Aerospace Showcases Market Leading Aircraft at Avex 2006

Bombardier Aerospace will showcase its Learjet 60 and Challenger 604 business jets along with a Q300 airliner, in service with Petroleum Air Services, at AVEX 2006. This international civil aviation exhibition will take place in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, from March 7-10, 2006.

Bombardier Regional Aircraft is represented in the Middle East region with 14 Q Series turboprops in service or ordered by five operators in five countries. In December 2005, Royal Jordanian Airlines took delivery of its second Q400 turboprop on behalf of its new regional carrier, Royal Jordanian xpress.

“We are very optimistic about the opportunities for our jet and turboprop airliners in the Middle East and Gulf regions,” said James Dailly, Vice-President International Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “Airlines now face new pressures in meeting the economic challenges of the industry and require more efficient and more economical aircraft. Bombardier Aerospace is the only manufacturer offering two complete families of regional and turboprop aircraft ranging from 37 to 90 seats. These aircraft have proven themselves in decades of cost-effective and reliable service in many parts of the world.”

Bombardier Business Aircraft is a leader in the region, capturing 18 per cent of the overall market in the Middle East and an impressive 59 per cent of the large jet category with its industry leading Challenger 604 widebody business jet.

“Bombardier Aerospace enjoys a significant presence in the Middle East and is firmly committed to continue building upon these strong roots,” said Bob Horner, Vice-President, Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our new service facility and spare parts depot in Dubai, UAE, began operating in November and, just 14 months ago, we established our Skyjet International operation, providing superior business jet charter across the region.”

Bombardier aircraft on display at AVEX 2006

Learjet 60: This transcontinental business jet can connect Cairo-Delhi and Cairo-Lisbon non-stop with four passengers and two crew. The newly launched Learjet 60 XR business jet retains the unbeatable combination of value and high-speed performance, while adding one of the most advanced cockpits available on the market today, together with a stand-up cabin redesigned for style, comfort and functionality.

Challenger 604: Certified for civil operation in 45 countries, the Challenger 604 aircraft established a proven track record for dependability, reliability and outstanding value, making it the best-selling jet in its class. This aircraft can connect Cairo-Madras or Cairo-Tenerife non-stop with eight passengers and two crew. The recently launched Challenger 605 business jet offers a more spacious, restyled interior for increased comfort and convenience.

Q300: Petroleum Air Services (PAS), based at Cairo International Airport, placed an initial order for two 50-passenger Q300 aircraft in October 2001 with subsequent orders for Q300 aircraft each being announced in January 2003 and October 2004. PAS flies from Cairo to several sites within a radius of 700 km (380 nm) on behalf of Egyptian and multi-national companies. It also operates charter flights within Egypt and surrounding countries to support the country’s tourism sector. As at January 31, 2006 a total of 243 orders had been recorded for Q300 with 223 delivered.

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For information
Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Business Aircraft
(514) 855-7988

Marc Holloran
Bombardier Regional Aircraft
(416) 375-3662