Fourth Bombardier business jet sold in Asia in past four weeks
Bombardier Aerospace today reaffirmed the growing Asian demand for its business aircraft - and the sustained popularity of the Bombardier Learjet family in particular - by announcing that Global Wings, Inc., of Tokyo has placed a firm order for a new Bombardier Learjet 45 XR business jet.
This new sale, combined with recent orders for an additional three Bombardier business aircraft placed by Asian operators, reflects Bombardier's strengthening leadership in the region.The actual list price of these four transactions, combined, is valued at over U.S. $80 million.
One of Japan's most progressive operators, Global Wings, Inc. is also the first civil operator to benefit from Civil Aviation Administration of China certification of the Learjet 45 XR aircraft, awarded in January 2005. This enabled Global Wings to base its first Learjet 45 XR jet in Beijing and begin exclusive, non-stop executive charter service between China and Japan - the first time such a service had been made available between the two countries using a light business jet. Global Wings' second Learjet 45 XR aircraft will be based in Osaka, Japan, to increase the flexibility and reach of their exclusive charter program.
"The outstanding range and superior performance of our first Learjet 45 XR inspired us to buy this second aircraft," stated Tak Masamura, president and chief executive officer, Global Wings, Inc. "These two aircraft form the base of our charter fleet and will be ideally located to fly our customers with ease and comfort to both established business centres and remote regions across northern Asia."
Surging interest in entire Bombardier business jet family
This announcement, made on the opening day of the first-ever Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE), follows a series of recent Bombardier business aircraft sales in the Asia-Pacific region:
* A Bombardier Learjet 45 XR aircraft was ordered in July 2005 by Philippines-based Subic International Air Charter Inc. The aircraft will support Subic's growing domestic charter requirements.
* A Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet was selected by an East Asian-based operator. The aircraft will be managed by My-Aviation Corp, through facilities in Taiwan and mainland China.
* A Bombardier Global Express XRS aircraft was selected by a South Asian-based customer for its superior cabin features, level of comfort and outstanding range. It will be used for intercontinental missions to the United States, Australia and Europe.
"Asian customers are showing a strong preference for the entire line of Bombardier business jets, from the high performance Learjet and widebody Challenger to the ultra long-range Global family, and it is clear that Bombardier business aircraft are the brand to beat while setting the standard for corporate aviation in Asia," noted David Dixon, regional vice-president, sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Inspired by 40 years of Learjet history, the powerful and proven super-light Bombardier Learjet 45 XR flies faster, farther, carrying more passengers, than any aircraft in its class. With superior hot and high performance, the Learjet 45 XR is certified to fly up to 51,000 feet (15,545 m), above traffic congestion and inclement weather common to the region. The eight-passenger cabin also offers unprecedented seating comfort.
The Bombardier Challenger 300, the industry's first true super-midsize business jet, combines long-range cruise speed with a full eight-passenger cabin. This impressive jet, which entered service in January 2004, can fly Shanghai-Jakarta and Taipei-Delhi non-stop with a full payload.
The Bombardier Global Express is the definitive ultra long-range business jet, connecting Beijing-Montreal and Singapore-Berlin non-stop. Customer deliveries of the Global Express XRS are scheduled to begin in the first quarter 2006, offering even more range at higher speed. Bombardier will soon deliver the 150th Global jet into corporate service.
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