Bombardier Celebrates Innovation in Civil Aviation at Farnborough International Airshow 2008

Bombardier Aerospace will spotlight its leadership role in civil aviation, the comprehensive breadth of its business and commercial aircraft products, technical expertise and services at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. Events highlighting the 100th anniversary of Bombardier’s Belfast site and the Year of Learjet are also planned to take place during the week-long aviation gathering.

Bombardier will feature on static display four of its innovative business aircraft as well as a mock-up of the game changing CSeries commercial airliner at its pavilion.

“This year, Farnborough is providing Bombardier Aerospace with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a number of important events,” said Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “A century of aircraft innovation is being celebrated with great pride by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, and 2008 marks the Year of Learjet – recognizing the 45th anniversary of the first flight of the legendary Learjet aircraft.”   

“Bombardier takes its corporate and environmental responsibilities seriously,” Mr. Hachey continued. “Our decision to participate in the United Nations Global Compact in 2007 confirms our belief that a strong commitment and a strategic approach to corporate responsibility are essential for managing the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing global environment.”

Reducing our impact on the environment

Energy efficiency is a critical component in the design of all Bombardier aircraft in order to maximize operating economics and environmental performance. Prime examples of this commitment to reduce the company’s environmental footprint are found in its CSeries, CRJ NextGen and Q400 NextGen aircraft. 

CSeries: Should the CSeries program be launched, this game-changing aircraft will be built with unmatched operating economics that will emit up to 20 per cent less CO2, up to 50 per cent less Nox, will be four times quieter for the airport community and will deliver up to 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to simmilar in service aircraft.

CRJ NextGen: Through its reduced fuel burn, the CRJ NextGen family of commercial jets responds to today’s environmental challenges by further reducing greenhouse gas emissions as compared to their nearest competitors.

Q-Series: The Q400 NextGen aircraft is one of the world’s quietest airliners – inside and out. Its low fuel consumption, reduced noise and low greenhouse gas emissions make the Q400 NextGen turboprop an unprecedented advancement in regional air solutions.

Business Aircraft

Bombardier Business Aircraft will kick-off the show with an exciting Lewis Hamilton event to highlight the Year of Learjet. On static display, attendees will have an opportunity to view several of the star players from Bombardier’s comprehensive range of business jets including the Learjet 40 XR, the Learjet 60 XR, the Challenger 605, and the Global 5000 aircraft. Bombardier Business Aircraft offers the widest range of innovative aircraft and services of any Original Equipment Manufacturer. 

Commercial Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft offers three distinct families of products, each optimized for specific use: Q400 NextGen turboprop for short-haul routes, CRJ700/CRJ900/CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets for mid range routes, and our proposed CSeries for longer range and mainline service. Each product family is designed to provide better fuel efficiencies, reduced environmental impact around noise emissions and better operating costs. It's an unbeatable proposition and maintains Bombardier’s leadership position among the world's top aviation companies. 

Customer Services & Support

Bombardier Aerospace provides a broad range of services for customers who own its aircraft through its Customer Services & Support business unit. Our focus is to provide customers with integrated value-added solutions that address the complete aftermarket experience, including parts, maintenance services, pilot training and technical support. 

CSeries mock-up

On display at Farnborough will be the full-size, cabin mock-up of Bombardier’s proposed new-generation CSeries aircraft. The mock-up features the forward galley with offset door configuration, two rows in business class, one row of convertible business economy class seats, three rows in economy class featuring a sample of the latest four flight slim seat, and the aft galley with a lavatory area. Designed specifically for the lower end of the 100- to 149-seat commercial market the CSeries family of aircraft will offer airlines the opportunity to grow their networks with increased frequency and more point-to-point operations into markets that are not well served at this time due to range and aircraft size constraints.

The 2008 Farnborough International Airshow runs from Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18 for trade visitors, and Saturday, July 19 to Sunday, July 20 for public visitors. The Bombardier chalet is located at C1-3 and the Bombardier CSeries Pavillion – featuring the mock-up - is found near the static display area.

The airshow attracts approximately 1,500 exhibiting companies from 35 countries and is expecting to welcome around 150,000 business visitors to the event from July 14-18. In 2006, 270,000 visitors attended over seven days.  

Bombardier Aircraft on static display: 

Learjet 40 XR: The six-to-seven passenger Learjet 40 XR aircraft features the widest and most spacious cabin in its class and a full aft lavatory. This premium light jet delivers impressive time-to-climb performance under all conditions – particularly in hot and high operating environments – requiring only 23 minutes to reach 43,000 feet (13,106 m)*. The Learjet 40 XR can connect London-Moscow non-stop*.

Learjet 60 XR: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR aircraft is a model of performance, comfort, value and versatility in the midsize jet market. The aircraft’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. With a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (861 km/hr), the Learjet 60 XR jet is one of the fastest aircraft in its category.The aircraft can fly London-Cairo non-stop and delivers superior climb capabilities, with proven fuel-efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile*.

Challenger 605: In service since January 2007, the Challenger 605 jet features the widest stand-up cabin of any large category business jet available today. It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and an all new cabin electronic system. It can whisk five-passengers from London-Nairobi non-stop*, in superior comfort. Optional equipment on the Challenger 605 jet now includes the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS), providing pilots with significantly improved situational awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway environment in difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility and or darkness.

Global 5000: The high-speed Global 5000 jet combines superior transatlantic speed with the largest cabin in the super large segment. It features high-speed Internet connectivity and unmatched entertainment options as standard equipment as well as a heads-up flight display system, with the largest field-of-view of any business aircraft. With a recent range increase of 400 NM (741 km) the jet can now connect London-Los Angeles non-stop with eight passengers and three crew*.


MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008

Event:   Lewis Hamilton Event
Time:  10:00 a.m. (exact time to be confirmed)
Location: Bombardier CSeries Pavillion
Participants: Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace
Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft
TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2008  
Event:  Bombardier and AVIC I Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Update
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Press Centre, Hendon Room

Mr. HU Wenming, Senior Vice-President, AVIC I, representing AVIC I/SAC/SACC
Vice-Mayor Wang, representing Shenyang City
Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. 
Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

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Note to Editors

* Under certain operating conditions.

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For information:

Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Aerospace
(514) 855-7989