Bombardier Sells First Challenger 850 Corporate Jet

Bombardier reinforces leadership in growing Eastern Europe business aviation market

Bombardier today reaffirmed strong market interest for its recently launched Bombardier Corporate Shuttle Solutions, announcing the sale of a first Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft to a customer in Eastern Europe. The new Challenger 850 aircraft will shuttle company employees between operation sites within Europe.

Key to the operator's selection of the Bombardier Challenger 850 are the flexibility and economic advantages the aircraft offers above competing aircraft. Its advantageous low direct operating costs, proven reliability and superior cabin comfort, are an ideal match for the corporation's mission requirements.

With its Deluxe Cabin configuration, one of three passenger accommodation options, the Challenger 850 aircraft can fly up to 2,232 nautical miles (4,133 km) and accommodate 27 passengers in business-class seats with three seats per row. The spacious cabin includes overhead bins, an airliner galley for hot meal service and a semi-executive lavatory.

"The Challenger corporate shuttle family has been generating serious market interest and we are particularly pleased to announce this first sale so soon following its launch just three weeks ago," said Peter Edwards, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "This also reinforces Bombardier's strong presence in the former CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and in Russia, where our superior products and broad platform offering has made our company the de facto leader in this fast growing market."

Bombardier Corporate Shuttle Solutions

In May 2005, Bombardier became the first aircraft manufacturer in aviation history to launch a complete portfolio of corporate shuttle aircraft, backed by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team including engineering, program, sales, business development and customer support functions. The three new Bombardier Challenger corporate shuttle models - the Bombardier Challenger 850, 870 and 890 - derive many benefits from their shared heritage with the proven Bombardier CRJ family of regional jets, including exceptional reliability, low direct operating costs, outstanding cabin comfort and access to Bombardier's comprehensive customer support and services network. Each model is available in three cabin configurations: Standard, Deluxe and Split Cabin, with the flexibility to meet the wide-ranging needs of corporate shuttle operators.

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