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January 04, 2005 08:00 ET

Bombardier Awarded a 350 Million Euros Order from SNCF for 100 Additional High-Capacity Trains AGC Type to be in Service in Different French Regions


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JANUARY 4, 2005 - 08:00 ET

Bombardier Awarded a 350 Million Euros Order from SNCF
for 100 Additional High-Capacity Trains AGC Type to be
in Service in Different French Regions

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2005) - Bombardier
Transportation announced today that it received an additional order for
100 high-capacity trains AGC type (Autorail Grande Capacite) from the
French National Railways (SNCF), valued at approximately 350 million
euros ($474 million dollars US). The SNCF represents the French Regions
in this transaction. The trains will be delivered between December 2007
and February 2009. Bombardier will manufacture these AGC trains at its
Crespin plant, in the Valenciennes region in France.

This firm order follows the selection of Bombardier by SNCF in September
2001 for the supply of 500 high-capacity regional trains AGC type for
the French Regions. In December 2001, a first firm order of 192 was
signed followed by two additional options, one for 73 trains in February
2003 and one for 14 trains in March 2003. With the current order, the
total number of firm orders from SNCF for high-capacity regional trains
AGC type is 379.

The AGC is available in numerous versions. The seating capacity of the
trains can range from 160 to 220 seats, depending on the number of cars.
Modular interior design exists in the High Class and Intercity versions.
The trains can run on either diesel fuel, electricity or a combination
of the two. The AGC travels at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.
Thanks to its articulated architecture, it sports wide carbodies and
inter-circulation gangways, as well as a continuous low floor. These
features provide excellent access for travellers, make it easier to move
about in the trains and deliver greater comfort, visibility, and
security. The first AGC was delivered in January of 2004 and about 30
are currently operating in France.

Bombardier's President of Mainline and Metros, Mr. Olof Persson
commented on the occasion, "This order of additional trains based on the
contract signed in 2001 confirms SNCF and the French Regions' trust in
Bombardier. These trains have the ability to cover great distances,
providing passengers with a comfortable and easy mode of regional
transportation. Our staff in Crespin, France is wholeheartedly
dedicated to driving this project through to successful completion."

Bombardier Transportation in France operates primarily at its Crespin
site in the Valenciennes region, where it employs more than 1,600
people. In the French market, Bombardier Transportation participates in
all TGV programs and manufactures a wide range of rolling stock for
public transport. Among these products are the MF 2000 vehicles for the
Paris metro, the Strasbourg, Nantes and Marseille tramways, the recent
vehicles for the RER network and the TER2N NG regional transport
railcars.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions,
from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation
equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in
Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5
billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, and Frankfurt stock
exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at
www.bombardier.com.

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