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November 12, 2007 04:35 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Lands at Dubai Airshow 2007

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2007) - Emphasizing its commitment to the Middle East's booming aviation market, Bombardier Aerospace will arrive at Dubai Airshow 2007 with a selection of corporate jets and its Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet. Also on display will be Bombardier's new, full-scale mock-up of the next generation CSeries airliner, which was first revealed in June.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Dubai Airshow has become the world's third most influential airshow event and expects over 40,000 trade visitors to attend. The show will run from Sunday, November 11 to Thursday, November 15 and the Bombardier exhibit will be located at the West Hall, Stand W601.

At the Dubai Airshow, Bombardier Business Aircraft will showcase an impressive range of jets from each of its innovative product families. The new Bombardier Learjet 60 XR jet will make its international debut, joining the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300, the widebody Bombardier Challenger 605 and high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 business aircraft on static display.

"This 10th edition of the Dubai Airshow provides us with the opportunity to reassert our ongoing dedication to business aviation in the Middle East, as well as our commitment to innovation as we present our newest product offerings to the international market," said Bob Horner, Vice-President, International Sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "With a firm footing in sales and customer support, we anticipate continued success in the Middle East for many years to come."

Bombardier Business Aircraft enjoys a strong presence in the Middle East with its regional sales headquarters and Skyjet International regional office both based in Dubai. Bombardier's commitment to Customer Service in the Middle East is also emphasized with a parts depot at the Dubai airport and a Bombardier 's Authorized Service Facility (Execujet Mifddle East), servicing Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft across the region.

The widebody Challenger 605 jet dominates the large aircraft segment in the region with 27 aircraft, as at June 30, 2007, representing 50 per cent of the market share for this segment in the region. The Challenger 300 aircraft continues to build momentum in the region, as it does the world over, representing 80 per cent of the market share for this segment in this region, as at June 30, 2007.

Bombardier Regional Aircraft has been making impressive gains in the Middle East and North Africa, with recent orders for Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets and Bombardier Q- Series turboprops from several airlines in the region.

"The overall Middle East regional airline fleet of aircraft is expected to grow by 150 per cent over the next 20 years, while we see the overall African fleet growing by 40 per cent in the 20 to 149 seat fleet," said James Dailly, Senior Vice-president, Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "We are the only manufacturer that can offer families of regional jets ranging from 40 to 100 seats and turboprops ranging from 37 to 90 seats.

"Our aircraft have a proven record of excellent performance and reliability in the sometimes unforgiving operating environment in desert regions," added Mr. Dailly. "We believe this record, and our aircraft families with their high commonality, will be a major factor as airlines and other operators modernize or expand their fleets."

New CSeries mock-up continues its world tour

Continuing on its world tour, Bombardier will present the latest full-size, cabin mock-up of the CSeries aircraft at Dubai Airshow 2007. The CSeries aircraft, should it be launched, will be designed specifically for the lower end of the 100- to 149-seat commercial market, and will be equipped to operate in challenging conditions, including the extreme heat of the Middle East.

Featured in the mock-up will be the forward galley with offset door configuration, two rows in business class, four rows in economy class and the aft galley with a lavatory area. The new cabin permits airlines to experience the convenience of overhead rotating bins and the cross-section fuselage was recently modified to provide additional passenger comfort.

Bombardier aircraft on display at Dubai 2007

Learjet 60 XR: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR aircraft is poised to set new standards in performance, comfort, value and versatility in the worldwide 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 (863 km/h), the Learjet 60 XR jet is one of the fastest aircraft in its category.

The aircraft can fly Dubai-Moscow non-stop(i) and delivers superior climb capabilities, with proven fuel-efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile(i).

Challenger 300: The first true 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 Dubai-Beijing non-stop(i) with a full payload and its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease(i).

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 Dubai-Madrid non-stop(i), in superior comfort. Optional equipment on the Challenger 605 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 state-of-the-art, 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. The jet can connect Dubai-Cape Town non-stop with eight passengers and three crew(i). The Global 5000 jet is 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.

CRJ900 NextGen: The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft on display at Dubai is in the colours of Northwest Airlines. It has 12 first class and 64 economy seats. Bombardier's NextGen regional jets have all-new interiors featuring larger windows, LED lighting and larger bins for carry-on baggage. Compared to a first generation CRJ900 jet, the CRJ900 NextGen jet has lower fuel consumption, lower trip operating costs and lower airframe direct maintenance costs.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional 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, 2007, were $14.8 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 www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, Learjet, Challenger, Global, CSeries, CRJ900, CRJ900 NextGen, Skyjet International and Execujet are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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(i) Under certain operating conditions.

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