- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador adds another two Bombardier 415 aircraft to its forest firefighting fleet
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has signed a firm purchase agreement with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for two Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft. The transaction is valued at approximately $73.7 million US, based on list price, and includes various product enhancements. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin during the second quarter of 2014 and will continue in 2015.
“Bombardier has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, beginning in 1995 with the purchase of the province’s first CL-215 aircraft and in 2010, with the purchase of its first Bombardier 415 aircraft. We are proud of the confidence that the Government has placed in Bombardier Aerospace and in our aircraft products, thus reaffirming the continued demand for this unique aircraft,” said Michel Bourgeois, President, Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft & Military Aviation Training, Bombardier Aerospace.
“With Newfoundland and Labrador’s rugged lake-rich terrain and limited airport access in remote areas, the Bombardier 415 aircraft is the best choice for combatting the region’s forest fires,” added Mr. Bourgeois.
“We are pleased with the acquisition of another two Bombardier 415 aircraft, and we remain convinced that it is an essential tool for the protection of our communities, environment, resources and wildlife,” said the Honourable Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Bombardier.”
While Newfoundland and Labrador have one of the largest fleets of Bombardier amphibious aircraft in Canada, the country as a whole is home to nearly 60* such aircraft – the largest national fleet of its kind in the world. There are 165* Bombardier 415 aircraft and its predecessors, the CL-215 and CL-215T aircraft, in-service worldwide, with over 40 years of combined experience.
About the Bombardier 415 aircraft
The Bombardier 415 firefighter aircraft has a normal cruise speed of 180 KT (333 km/h) under certain conditions. In an average mission of six nautical miles (11 km) distance from water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an hour and deliver 14,589 US gallons (55,233 litres) of fire suppressant.
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*As of January 2, 2014
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