Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda Purchases Global 5000 Jet

First Global 5000 jet to be delivered with Global Vision flight deck

Bombardier today announced that Niki Lauda, through NL Holding GmbH, has placed a firm order for a Global 5000 jet. The aircraft, scheduled for delivery at the beginning of 2012, will be the first Global 5000 jet to be delivered with the new Global Vision flight deck.

I recently had the opportunity to fly the Global 5000 jet and was extremely impressed with the aircraft’s performance and handling characteristics,” said Niki Lauda, President, FlyNiki. “I am very excited to be the first operator to own a Global 5000 jet with the Global Vision flight deck, and I can’t wait to fly it. Until then, I will continue to fly and travel in my Challenger 300 jet, which continues to impress me at every occasion.”

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda has a long history in aviation and is the majority shareholder of FlyNiki, the second largest airline in Austria*. The Global 5000 jet is the latest in a series of Bombardier business aircraft that Mr. Lauda has owned and piloted during his career as an aviator. He currently operates a Challenger 300 jet as his private aircraft, which he frequently uses to travel to Formula 1 races around the world from his home base in Austria. 

“It has been a great year for the Global aircraft program. Even in a difficult economy, we continue to see strong interest across the Global aircraft platform - the Global 5000, Global Express XRS, Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets,” said Bob Horner, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Niki Lauda is a longtime Bombardier customer and vocal promoter of the Challenger 300 jet he currently operates. We are delighted to welcome him into our Global aircraft family.”

The super large Global 5000 jet combines superior transatlantic speed with the largest cabin in its market segment. It features high-speed Internet connectivity, unmatched entertainment options, a heads-up flight display system, and one of the largest field-of-view of any business aircraft. With a range of 5,200 NM (9,630 km), the jet can connect Vienna-New York, or Vienna-Tokyo non-stop with eight passengers and three crew**.

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Notes to Editors

*By passenger volume at the Vienna International Airport.
**Under certain operating conditions.

Bombardier, Challenger 300, Global, Global 5000, Global 7000, Global 8000, Global Express, Global Vision and XRS are either registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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