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August 09, 2005 04:33 ET

ABACE 2005: Bombardier Strengthens its Presence in Asia-Pacific

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 9, 2005) - Bombardier Aerospace



- Adds four new sales directors and one new field service
representative
- New offices opened in Singapore, New Delhi
- New line maintenance facilities planned in China, India


Bombardier Aerospace is significantly expanding its presence in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, with the appointment of four new business aircraft sales directors, a new field service representative in Singapore, new regional sales offices in Singapore and New Delhi, and plans to announce two new service facilities within the next 12 months.

"There is a surging regional market interest for the entire Bombardier Business Aircraft line," said David Dixon, regional vice-president, sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "These new investments reflect Bombardier's firm commitment to supporting its growing

Asia-Pacific customer base and building a world-class sales and service experience."

New sales team appointments

Christophe Chicandard has been appointed sales director, Southeast-Asia-Pacific, new aircraft, Bombardier Business Aircraft, based in Bombardier's new Singapore office. He is responsible for Global, Challenger and Learjet aircraft sales in the region. Mr. Chicandard's aviation career began in 1990 as Far East purchasing manager for Aerospatiale in Tokyo, Japan. In April 2003, he joined Bombardier as sales director, Canada, responsible for all new and pre-owned Bombardier business aircraft sales. Mr. Chicandard earned his master's degree in international business administration from the Institut Superieur de Gestion in Paris, in 1989.

Nalin Jain has been appointed sales director, India. Based in Bombardier's New Delhi office, he is responsible for Bombardier business aircraft sales in the burgeoning Indian market. Mr. Jain was previously director, Global Partnerships, Bombardier Inc., where he was instrumental in introducing India's business community to Bombardier's entire product range and in launching the first Bombardier CRJ airliners in India. He holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Gregor Laforme has been appointed sales director, Northern Asia, and works mostly from Bombardier's Hong Kong regional headquarters. Mr. Laforme brings an in-depth knowledge to his new position, having lived and worked in the region since joining Bombardier in 2001 as a member of the sales support team. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Laforme served as sales manager for Northern Asia. He holds a BA in East Asian Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Carl McIntosh has been appointed sales director, Asia-Pacific, Skyjet International. Based at Bombardier's Hong Kong regional headquarters, Mr. McIntosh will oversee the ongoing expansion of Bombardier's premier jet charter program in the region. New to Bombardier, Mr. McIntosh has lived and worked in Asia-Pacific for over 30 years, primarily in Hong Kong (China), Australia and New Zealand, where he has held sales and marketing positions in the high-tech and aviation industries. Mr. McIntosh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Canterbury University, UK.

New customer service and support capabilities

Along with the strengthening of its Asia-Pacific sales capacity, Bombardier is moving ahead with plans to expand its customer support footprint in the region. Mark Hudson has joined the field service team, bringing the total number of field service representatives in Asia-Pacific to five full time personnel.

In the coming months, two new line maintenance facilities in India and in China will also be announced, to provide drop-in and aircraft-on-ground (AOG) service to Bombardier's growing fleet of business jets in the region. The new stations will augment Bombardier's three strategically located Authorized Service Facilities in Sendai, Singapore and Sydney, which provide full-scale maintenance and support for the Challenger, Learjet and Global product lines.

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, 2005 were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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