Bombardier Aerospace today announced its participation in the 2010 edition of Airshow China, which will be taking place from November 16 to 21 in Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China. Bombardier will highlight its extensive range of business and commercial aircraft, as well as its customer services portfolio, at this event. The company’s static display will feature the midsize Learjet 60 XR, the super midsize Challenger 300 and the large cabin Challenger 850 business jets.
Bombardier Business Aircraft
“Bombardier’s presence in China dates back more than 50 years,” said David Dixon, Regional Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We enjoy a leading position in this very dynamic market and our growing installed base of business jets in the country also reflects the enthusiasm for our Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft families.”
In March 2010, Bombardier announced it had delivered its first Learjet 60 XR and Challenger 850 jets to customers based in China. In addition, Bombardier delivered its first Global 5000 jet for operation in mainland China in July 2009. Currently, five out of eight in-production Bombardier business aircraft models are represented in China.
China is among a number of key countries emerging as strategic markets for business aviation. Globalization, increased travel requirements by business people and a general positive trend towards the acceptance of business aircraft use are among the contributors to increased activity in the region. The Bombardier Business Aircraft Market Forecast, published in July 2010, predicts industry deliveries of 600 business jets for China over the 10-year period from 2010-2019.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
“Bombardier’s commercial aircraft are well positioned to meet the needs of China’s growing air transportation networks,” said Trung Ngo, Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our CSeries, Q400 NextGen and CRJ NextGen aircraft are designed to provide excellent passenger comfort, operational flexibility and outstanding economics with reduced environmental impact that should readily provide optimized solutions for the country’s airlines.”
Currently, Bombardier commercial aircraft are in service with five airlines in Greater China, namely Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, China Express and UNI Air. Bombardier’s Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast predicts a shift in delivery demand over the next 20 years, during which China will take delivery of 2,260 commercial aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat market, growing China’s fleet of aircraft in this segment to the third largest in the world after North America and Europe by 2029.
Bombardier’s strategic cooperation with China is growing; as a risk-sharing supplier on Bombardier’s game-changing CSeries aircraft, Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), a subsidiary of the state-owned aviation industrial entity, China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), will supply the fuselage, tail cone, and doors for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner, and has full technical responsibility for its work packages. This arrangement is in addition to SAC’s work on the Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner.
In March 2010, Bombardier announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CDB Leasing of China (“CLC”) on financing cooperation, which cleared the way for CLC to offer pre-delivery payment financing, delivery financing and leasing solutions to customers of CSeries, Q400 and CRJ aircraft.
Customer Services and Support
In July 2010, Bombardier announced a $30 million US investment as part of its plan to build a comprehensive service and support network for the Asia-Pacific region, which will be centered in China. Bombardier’s footprint in China includes sales offices in Beijing and Hong Kong, a Regional Support Office (RSO) for commercial aircraft operators in Shanghai, and a parts distribution centre in Beijing. In addition, Metrojet Limited, an Authorized Service and Line Maintenance Facility located in Hong Kong, provides service for business aircraft customers, while STAECO, located in Jinan, is a recognized service facility for CRJ Series aircraft. An RSO for business aircraft operators is scheduled to open in Hong Kong by the first quarter of 2011.
Bombardier Media Activities
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Event: Bombardier Business Aircraft press conference
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Press centre
Participant: David Dixon, Regional Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Event: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft: Market review and programs update
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Press centre
Participant: Trung Ngo, Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Bombardier’s exhibit will be located at Hall 1, D2-1A.
Bombardier aircraft on static display:
Learjet 60 XR aircraft: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR aircraft is a proven model of performance, comfort, value and versatility in the midsize jet market segment. It delivers a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (861 km/hr), superior climb capabilities, proven fuel efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile*. The jet’s higher operating altitudes – certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) – translate to time savings due to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence.
The Learjet 60 XR aircraft can fly from Zhuhai to Darwin non-stop with four passengers and two crew*. It is now available with the Signature Series interiors, which combine bold design elements with increased functionality to bring the large cabin concept to a midsize jet.
Challenger 300 aircraft: A bespoke customer-designed aircraft, the Challenger 300 aircraft offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed with eight passengers. It can fly Shenzhen-Singapore non-stop with a full payload, and its superior airfield performance allows the aircraft to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease*. The Challenger 300 business jet offers the best performance and value amongst its competitors, combined with dispatch reliability consistently over 99.7 per cent. The Challenger 300 aircraft has consistently exceeded customer expectations since its entry into service in 2004, and with over 280 Challenger 300 jets in service, it is the market leader amongst its peers.
Challenger 850 aircraft: This jet combines outstanding dependability with an executive cabin and the superior level of support business jet customers demand. The aircraft features the cabin volume of an ultra long-range jet with a range of up to 2,811 nautical miles (5,206 km)*. The Challenger 850 jet can link Beijing to Delhi non-stop and is the benchmark for cabin comfort in its market segment.
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