Performance, Speed, Legendary Design, Bombardier Brings It All To EBACE 2008

  • Seven Bombardier jets in Geneva for the show, six on static display
  • Performance update for Learjet 85 aircraft program
  • Learjet brand ambassador Lewis Hamilton scheduled to be at the show

Leading business jet manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace is set to land in force at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 19-22. Seven of its high-performance Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets will be on hand for the show, emphasizing Bombardier’s comprehensive aircraft range – the widest product offering of all business jet manufacturers.

As the year of Learjet speeds on, Bombardier will reveal new information on the latest addition to its extensive range of jets, the Learjet 85 aircraft, with a comprehensive performance briefing for the media. The light Learjet 40 XR aircraft, super light Learjet 45 XR aircraft, midsize Learjet 60 XR aircraft, super midsize Challenger 300 jet, the widebody Challenger 605 jet and the ultra long-range Global Express XRS aircraft will be open for viewing on static display at the Geneva International Airport, while the super large Global 5000 jet will be on hand for demonstration flights throughout the show at the Jet Aviation FBO.

“International demand remains strong for all Bombardier business jet products, particularly in Europe, where the market continues to show significant growth,” noted Steve Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “2007 was a record breaking year for Bombardier Business Aircraft in both sales and deliveries, with 70% of sales coming from the international market. EBACE provides us with a great opportunity to highlight our superb product line as well as our full range of services to this important audience.”

Formula One racing star and Learjet brand ambassador, Lewis Hamilton, is also scheduled to make an appearance during the show.

Ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction
In addition to holding technical sessions (M&Os) for Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft operators, Bombardier’s renowned safety seminar – Safety Standdown – will return to Geneva as the company continues to emphasize its strong commitment to its customers and overall aviation safety. The full-day seminar focuses on the importance of recognizing the factors that can lead to human error. The event is offered free-of-charge to all flight departments, regardless of the type of aircraft they operate or where they are located.

Bombardier Aircraft on Static Display at EBACE 2008
Learjet 40 XR:
The six-to-seven passenger Learjet 40 XR aircraft features the widest and most spacious cabin in its class and a full aft lavatory. This premium light jet delivers impressive time-to-climb performance under all conditions – particularly in hot and high operating environments – requiring only 23 minutes to reach 43,000 feet (13,106 m)*. The Learjet 40 XR can connect Geneva-Baku non-stop*.

Learjet 45 XR: The eight-to-nine passenger Learjet 45 XR aircraft flies faster, farther, with more passengers than any other super light business jet. Its passenger cabin area is approximately 15 inches (38 cm) longer than that of its closest competitor, and it offers seated passengers more head and shoulder room than any other aircraft in its class. The aircraft can fly 1,824 nm (3,378 km) with eight pax with NBAA IFR (100 nm) fuel reserves*.    

Learjet 60 XR: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR is a model of performance, comfort, value and versatility in the midsize jet market. The aircraft’s higher operating altitudes – certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) – translate to time savings due to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence. With a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (861 km/hr), the Learjet 60 XR jet is one of the fastest aircraft in its category.The aircraft can fly Geneva-Jeddah non-stop and delivers superior climb capabilities, with proven fuel-efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile*.

Challenger 300: The only business jet to feature Lufthansa Technik’s top of the line NICE™ cabin management system, this first true super-midsize aircraft offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight passengers. It can fly Geneva-Gander non-stop with a full payload and its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000-foot
(1,524-m) runways with ease*.

Challenger 605: In service since January 2007, the Challenger 605 jet features the widest stand-up cabin of any large category business jet available today. It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and an all new cabin electronic system. It can whisk five-passengers from Geneva-Montreal non-stop*, in superior comfort. Optional equipment on the Challenger 605 jet now includes the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS), providing pilots with significantly improved situational awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway environment in difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility and or darkness.

Global 5000: The high-speed Global 5000 jet combines superior transatlantic speed with the largest cabin in the super large segment. It features high-speed Internet connectivity and unmatched entertainment options as standard equipment as well as a heads-up flight display system, with the largest field-of-view of any business aircraft. With a recent range increase of 400 NM (741 km) the jet can now connect London-Los Angeles, and Sao-Paulo-Paris non-stop with eight passengers and three crew*.

Global Express XRS: 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 Geneva-Lima and Geneva-Jakarta non-stop with eight passengers and three-to-four crew*.

Global Vision: Both the Global Express XRS jet and the Global 5000 jet are now available with the Global Vision flight deck. The new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite is paired with superior design aesthetics from world-renowned design consultancy firm Design Q, to create the ultimate flight control environment, providing Global aircraft pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and comfort.

Confirmed Media Activities
Sunday, May 18, 2008, 16h15-17h00

Safety Standdown Europe media briefing
Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel – room Villars
- followed by a cocktail reception

Monday, May 19, 2008, 7h30-17h30
Safety Standdown Europe
Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel – room Zermatt

Monday, May 19, 2008, 11h00-12h00
Bombardier Business Aircraft news conference
EBACE Media center – hall 7, room 2

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 13h00-13h45
Bombardier Business Aircraft news conference
EBACE Media center – hall 7, room 2

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 11h00 (TBC)
Bombardier photo opportunity
Bombardier Exhibit – hall 7, chalet #7521

Wednesday, May 21, 2007, 16h30-18h30
Bombardier customer services wine & cheese event
Bombardier exhibit – hall 7, chalet #7521

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

Note to editors
*Under certain operating conditions.

Bombardier, Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60 XR, Learjet 85, Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express XRS, Learjet, Challenger, Global, are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

NICE is a trademark of Lufthansa Technik

For information
Danielle Boudreau
Bombardier Business Aircraft