Bombardier Challenger 300 makes Canadian debut in Calgary

First true super midsize business jet recently won double type approval, two world records

The Bombardier Challenger* 300 – having just earned record back-to-back type approvals from Transport Canada and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month -- is marking its Canadian debut at the Canadian Business Aviation Association annual meeting, July 8-10, 2003.

Aircraft s/n 20-004, one of five Challenger 300 test aircraft deployed by Bombardier for an extensive and successful flight test program, is on static display throughout the entire show, at Piedmont Hawthorne facilities located at Calgary International Airport.

“The Bombardier Challenger 300 makes its first Canadian appearance following an exciting time in its short history,” commented Jahid Fazal-Karim, vice-president, international sales, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft. “With full type approval now granted, and having already set two new world records, the aircraft is already establishing itself as the benchmark in its category,”

“The Bombardier Challenger 300 is an ideal aircraft for Canadian operators. Its combination of range, exceptional cabin comfort and value are unparalleled in the super-midsize business jet class, and the business aircraft industry here has become progressively more excited about this aircraft,” continued Mr. Fazal-Karim.

Offering a 3,100-nautical-mile (5,471-km) range with eight passengers and with NBAA IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) reserves, it will enter corporate service later this year, making it the first business jet in its class to enter service. Total cabin volume is 860 cubic feet (24.35 m3) and it offers operating costs equivalent to or better than current midsize jets.

Developed following two years of market research the Bombardier Challenger 300 is tailored to executives’ key requirements, and provides a cost-effective step-up for current light and midsize jet operators. The Bombardier Challenger 300 offers non-stop capability from Calgary to eastern Canada. Cities linked by the Bombardier Challenger 300 from Calgary include Honolulu, Reykjavik, Gander and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Unprecedented type approvals

The all-new Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet was awarded full type approval by Transport Canada on May 30, 2003 followed, just five days later on June 4, by a complete endorsement from the U.S. FAA.

“Obtaining type certifications from both these regulatory authorities within just days of each other is unprecedented in corporate aviation history,” noted Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This is powerful testimony to the outstanding performance and features of the Bombardier Challenger 300 and follows the successful completion of the most stringent and comprehensive of certification programs.”

It is the only super-midsize jet designed to meet the latest standards of Transport Canada 525, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR 25 and European Joint Aviation Authorities JAR 25 regulations. It will also be fully compliant with Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) regulations.

Sanctioned world records

Barely were the type approvals awarded before Bombardier began proving the impressive range and reliability of the new jet.

The Challenger 300 set a new record flying Miami-Seattle with a full eight-passenger payload in just five hours and 48 minutes. On June 12, it shattered an existing record by flying Boston-Le Bourget in just six hours, 8 minutes. Both records were sanctioned by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and an NAA official was on board for each flight.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
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