Echo Aircraft Company Signs For Global Express XRS Jet

Bombardier and TAG Aeronautics today announced the signature of a contract for an ultra long-range Global Express XRS jet by Echo Aircraft Company Limited. Based on the list price for typically equipped aircraft, the transaction is valued at approximately $49 million US and is scheduled for customer delivery in the fourth quarter of FY07/08.

The Global Express XRS jet will replace Echo’s current Bombardier Global 5000 jet and will be managed by Executive Aircraft Services of Beirut, Lebanon. This is the fifth new Bombardier business jet purchase by Echo and its associated companies over the last 10 years. All aircraft have been based and operated in the Middle East region.

“I am proud and delighted to add this prestigious aircraft to our existing charter and management fleet,” said Nicholas Meszaros, managing director, Executive Aircraft Services. “Our reputation in the region for exceptionally high quality service is fast growing. We have arrived and have a credibility to be reckoned with. This new Global Express XRS aircraft will enhance what we have established in Beirut”

The pioneering Global Express XRS business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate aircraft – offering more cabin volume and more floor space than its closest competitor. No other business jet in the ultra long-range segment matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet can link Beirut-Vancouver and Beirut-Jakarta non-stop with eight passengers and three-to-four crew*.

“The Middle East continues to be one of our most important growth markets, with demand increasing at rapid rates,” said Bob Horner, vice-president, international sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Echo Aircraft Company is a long standing Bombardier customer and we are delighted that they continue to place their confidence in Bombardier products.”

Bombardier and TAG Aeronautics, the exclusive representative and distributor for Bombardier Challenger, Global and CRJ Series jets in the Arab-League countries and Turkey are celebrating 30 years of relationship together throughout 2007.

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Editor’s note
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