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March 14, 2007 17:27 ET

Bombardier Aerospace at Australian International Airshow

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2007) - To support its strong business and regional aircraft presence in Australia and Oceania, Bombardier Aerospace will participate in the biennial Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition being held at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria, from March 20 - 25.

This show marks two firsts for Bombardier with the widebody Challenger 605 and the high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 business jets both landing for the first time in Australia. The super midsize Challenger 300 aircraft will also be on static display.

Bombardier is a recognized leader in Oceania, with 29 business jets based in the region, representing 27 per cent of the total business jet fleet, many of which are successfully operating in the growing charter market in the region.

"We are encouraged by strong interest in widebody aircraft in this region and are delighted to debut the Challenger 605 and Bombardier Global 5000 at Avalon this year," said David Dixon, Regional Vice-President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "With 100 per cent of deliveries in the large and ultra long aircraft segments into Oceania for the past five years, we know the new Challenger 605 will be well received."

Bombardier is also a major player in Australian regional airline aviation. Currently, 61 Bombardier turboprops are in service with, or have been ordered by, companies across Australia. These include QantasLink which currently operates 38 Bombardier turboprops and has another two on order, and National Air Support which, in March 2006, ordered three Q300 aircraft to supplement the five Dash 8/Q200 aircraft in the Surveillance Australia Coastwatch program. "Aircraft that are proven in the market with low operating costs are essential," said Steve Crowley, Vice-President, Asia-Pacific Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.

Regional airlines and other operators in the Asia-Pacific region have a total of 225 Bombardier CRJ and Q-Series aircraft in service. Bombardier's industry forecasts indicate that the region will take delivery of approximately 470 regional aircraft up to 100-seats over the next 20 years.

Skyjet International, Bombardier's pioneering jet charter program, offers Australian travellers seamless global business jet charter services through its Asia-Pacific headquarters and a growing network of leading charter providers, including ExecuJet Australia.

Bombardier's chalet is located at Row N19 of the Avalon Airport, near Melbourne. The Australian Int'l Aerospace & Defence Exposition is one of Asia Pacific's most prestigious aviation, aerospace and defence events. In 2005, this exposition featured 527 participating exhibitor companies from 22 nations.

Aircraft on Static Display:

Challenger 300: This first true super-midsize jet offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight passengers. It can fly Melbourne-Bali and Sydney-Guam 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(i).

Challenger 605: Now in service, the Challenger 605 jet, in its category, features the widest stand-up cabin of any large-size business jet available today. The aircraft is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite that supports real-time satellite graphical weather and electronic charts to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, and features a state-of-the-art Ethernet-based Cabin Electronic System. It can fly Melbourne-Singapore and Sydney-Manila non-stop with five passengers(i).

Bombardier Global 5000: With the most spacious cabin in the super large segment, the high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft is designed to execute transcontinental missions faster than any competing jet. It features state-of-the-art high-speed Internet connectivity and unmatched entertainment options as standard equipment, as well as a head-up flight display system, with the largest field of view of any business aircraft. The aircraft can connect Melbourne-Tokyo and Sydney-Maui non-stop with eight passengers(i).



BOMBARDIER AEROSPACE ACTIVITIES AT AUSTRALIA INT'L AIRSHOW 2007

Photo Opportunity: Challenger 605 & Global 5000 Business Aircraft
Double Debut
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Bombardier aircraft static display

Media Briefing - Bombardier Aerospace Update
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Time: 13h45 - 14h45 PM
Location: Room 3, Media Center

Media Briefing - Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Solutions
Capabilities
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Time: 10h30 - 11h30 AM
Location: Room 5, Media Center


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, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Bombardier Global 5000, CRJ, Q-Series, Dash 8, Q200, Q300, Q400 and Skyjet International are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.


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(i) Under certain operating conditions.

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