Bombardier Aerospace today announced the sale of two pre-owned CL-215* amphibious aircraft to SOREM, the official operator of Bombardier amphibious aircraft for the Italian Civil Protection Agency of Italy.
“SOREM’s purchase of CL-215 aircraft, clearly demonstrates its commitment to scooping technology and the potential for further expansion in the European market,” said Michel Bourgeois, president, Bombardier Aerospace, Amphibious Aircraft.
“We are quite pleased with our acquisition of these CL-215 aircraft,” said Giuseppe Spadaccini, president of SOREM. “These aircraft will allow us to expand our business base in Europe. The support received from Bombardier over the years has been a major factor in our decision.”
There are 68 CL-215*, the world's first aircraft specifically developed to fight forest fires, still in operation worldwide; 17 of these aircraft were converted to a turboprop configuration designated CL-215T. Bombardier also offers the next generation of amphibious aerial firefighting aircraft, the Bombardier 415.
In the Mediterranean region, France, Croatia, Italy and Greece currently operate 38 Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft. In addition, Spain operates 15 CL-215T turboprop aircraft, while Greece and Spain have 19 CL-215 piston aircraft in service.
The Bombardier 415, the world’s most advanced waterbomber, has a maximum speed of 375 km/h (235 mph). In an average mission of 11 kilometres (six nautical miles) distance from water to fire, the Bombardier 415 can complete nine drops within an hour, delivering 55,260 litres (14,600 U.S. gallons) of water or foam fire suppressant. It is also being offered in a new multi-purpose version (Bombardier 415MP) for search and rescue, maritime patrol and environmental protection with certification expected later this year.
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).
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