Bombardier taps Midcoast Aviation and Jet Aviation Geneva as new Global Express authorized service facilities

Bombardier Aerospace has expanded its service coverage for Bombardier Global Express* operators with the announcement that Midcoast Aviation and Jet Aviation Geneva have been named by the company to serve as Authorized Service Facilities (ASF) for the ultra long-range business jet.

With operations at St. Louis Downtown Airport, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and Perryville Municipal Airport, Midcoast Aviation is Bombardier’s only U.S. ASF for the Bombardier Global Express. It boasts over 400,000 square feet (37,160 sq. m) of hangar, backshop and office space and more than 800 employees.

Jet Aviation Geneva, in Switzerland, is the second of Jet Aviation Group’s worldwide network to receive Bombardier’s authorization to perform the full range of service on the Bombardier Global Express joining the firm’s Singapore location. Jet Aviation Geneva is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)/Joint Airworthiness Regulations (JAR) 145 approved repair station and holds approvals in Switzerland, Bermuda, Cayman, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia as well as UAE.

Both Jet Aviation and Midcoast Aviation offer a wide range of services, as well as extensive experience working on Bombardier products. Since 1980, Midcoast Aviation has been performing completions on Bombardier Challenger* aircraft and has recently performed major modification and maintenance for several Bombardier Global Express aircraft on a contract basis.

“The growth of the Bombardier Global Express fleet worldwide and the expansion of our product line to include the Bombardier Global 5000 underscore our need to continue to develop service and support capabilities to meet the needs of Bombardier Global Express operators. We are pleased to add both organizations to our authorized service network,” noted Jim Ziegler, vice president and general manager, Bombardier Business Aviation Services, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft.

“As an ASF, Midcoast Aviation can provide a full scope of maintenance and modification services, including warranty work,” explainedKurt Sutterer, Executive Vice President of Midcoast Aviation. As of August 31, 2003, almost 120 Bombardier Global Express aircraft were in daily service.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from Bombardier,” said Markus Huber, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Geneva. “Our selection indicates that we meet the very strict standards and requirements Bombardier has established for its ASFs. We look forward to demonstrating our capabilities to Bombardier Global Express customers operating in Europe and the Middle East,” he added.

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).

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Cell : (514) 918-9352