Bombardier Aerospace will be a key business aviation participant at the 2012 edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence at South Africa’s Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion. On display will be three of its inimitable business jets – the Learjet 45 XR, Challenger 300, and Global 6000 aircraft.
“As the African market continues to develop, we are proud to present models from each of our product families, including the latest and greatest in the large cabin and ultra long-range categories, with our matchless Global 6000 jet. Featuring a Bombardier Vision flight deck, superior cabin comfort, and phenomenal performance we know that this jet will receive a warm welcome,” said Khader Mattar, Regional Vice President, Sales, Middle East, Africa and India, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The forecast for GDP growth in the region will further drive the push for the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate the ever growing fleet of business jets as an increasing number of businesses welcome the efficiency that a corporate aircraft offers.”
According to the Bombardier Business Aircraft market forecast Africa is set for steady growth over the next 20 years. For the ten-year period 2012-2021, the region is slated to take delivery of 325 new business aircraft and for the following ten-year period, 2022-2031, a further 485 new aircraft.*
Learjet 45 XR aircraft: The Learjet 45 XR is second to none in terms of speed and range with its eight-to-nine passenger cabin**. It is the only jet in its class to offer true double-club seating and retains the Learjet look with the performance to match. This jet will whisk four passengers and two crew 1,971 nm (3,650 km) and connect cities such as Johannesburg and Nairobi**.
Challenger 300 aircraft: The dependable Challenger 300 jet offers true transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight to ten passengers. Its 3,065 nm (5,676 km) range connects Johannesburg with Khartoum or Accra non-stop with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. Its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000 ft (1,524 m) runways with ease**. The Challenger 300 jet offers the best performance and value in its class, combined with a dispatch reliability that has consistently been above 99.7 per cent, it has exceeded customer expectations since its entry into service in 2004.
Global 6000 aircraft: The Global 6000 jet’s unrivalled cabin size and levels of comfort combined with a stand-up shower and the Bombardier Vision flight deck means no other purpose built business jet comes close in terms of high-speed range capability and passenger comfort. Offering the ultimate in technology, this intrepid jet can link Johannesburg with Buenos Aires and Johannesburg to Melbourne, non-stop, with eight passengers and three to four crew**.
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*Please refer to the Business Aircraft Market Forecast 2012-2031 (http://www2.bombardier.com/en/3_0/3_8/market_forecast_BA/index.html) for a more complete description of Bombardier's market forecast and more particularly, to the section entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" at page 49 of such document for a discussion of forward-looking statements made in this press release, which section is incorporated by reference herein."
**Under certain operating conditions
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