Bombardier Inc.

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March 15, 2005 13:53 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Granted Authority to Offer CSeries Aircraft to Customers: Important Step in Process Leading to Program Launch


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MARCH 15, 2005 - 13:53 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Granted Authority to Offer
CSeries Aircraft to Customers: Important Step in
Process Leading to Program Launch

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2005) - Bombardier's Board of
Directors today granted Bombardier Aerospace authority to offer the new
CSeries family of aircraft to customers. The authority to offer is an
important step in the process that could lead to the aircraft program
launch. Prior to launch, Bombardier will seek firm commitments from
potential customers, suppliers and government partners.

"In the CSeries status report presented to Board members, Bombardier
Aerospace demonstrated the significant progress made in the evaluation
of the aircraft configuration and performance, the strong market
interest for the CSeries family as well as the overall business plan,"
said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier
Aerospace. "We will now offer sales proposals to potential customers and
finalize sales and partnership commitments before returning to the Board
to request program launch and recommend the final assembly site
location."

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 Stock Exchange
(BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

CSeries is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Please see the attached backgrounder for more information on the CSeries
family of aircraft, or visit www.bombardier.com.


BACKGROUNDER

BOMBARDIER CSERIES: COMPETITIVE, CONTINENTAL, CONNECTOR

The CSeries is a competitive family of aircraft that offers unmatched
operating economics, reliability, total life cycle support, unparalleled
passenger appeal and operational flexibility to meet the demands of the
future.

On February 26, 2004, Bombardier Aerospace announced the appointment of
Gary R. Scott as President, New Commercial Aircraft Program. Since March
8, 2004, Mr. Scott has led a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate the
feasability of a new generation commercial aircraft.

Description:

The CSeries aircraft is the first family of aircraft specifically
designed for the 110- to 130-seat market segment.

Designed in two basic five-seat abreast versions, one version, the C110,
will carry 110 passengers, while a larger version, the C130, will seat
130 passengers. Each of the two variants may be configured for either
short-haul travel with a 1,800 nautical mile range or for
transcontinental flights of up to 3,000 nautical miles. The CSeries
family of aircraft will provide flexibility and range capability to
expand airlines networks beyond current hub-and-spoke operations to
point-to-point flying.

It will also share an engine, and have commonalities increw training,
operating procedures as well as part and maintenance procedures.

To enable greater revenue generation and higher aircraft utilization,
the CSeries aircraft is designed for simultaneous servicing points for
quicker turn-around.

The C110 aircraft has an overall length of 114 feet, 8 inches (35 m) and
the C130 aircraft an overall length of 125 feet, 3 inches (38.2 m).

Both C110 and C130 aircraft offers standard (STD) and extended range
(ER) versions: the C110 STD has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of
120,600 pounds (54,704 kg) and the C110 ER a MTOW of 133,200 pounds
(60,420 kg). For its part, the C130 STD has a MTOW of 131,800 pounds
(59,784 kg) and the C130 ER a MTOW of 146,000 pounds (66,226 kg).

The CSeries aircraft standard interior configuration includes
three-by-two seating with a comfortable 32-inch pitch separated by a
centre aisle, and forward and aft galleys and lavatories. Mixed class
interior layouts are also available, with four-seat abreast business
class, to suit operator requirements. For easy and comfortable cabin
movement the CSeries aircraft interior has seven-foot (2.1 m) stand-up
headroom and is designed to ensure sufficient cabin space for a roller
bag for every passenger.

Key technologies are at the heart of the CSeries advantage. Composite
materials are part of the center and rear fuselages, tail cone and
empennage and wings. Overall, 20 per cent of the aircraft weight is in
composite materials. In addition to its fourth-generation transonic wing
design, the CSeries aircraft has an advanced flight deck equipped with
fly-by-wire and side stick controls.

The CSeries aircraft is the perfect balance of leading-edge technology
and proven methods and materials that will deliver a target 15 per cent
cash operating cost advantage over current in-production aircraft.

Phases of the aircraft program:



- 2004 to 2006 Joint conceptual definition phase
- 2005 Board decision on ATO
- 2005 Board decision on formal launch
- 2005 CSeries official launch
- 2006 Joint development phase
- 2007 Detailed design phase
- 2008 First flight
- 2010 Entry into service


Bombardier, CSeries, C110, C130 and Competitive Continental Connector
are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Bombardier Inc.
    John Paul Macdonald
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
    (514) 861-9481
    www.bombardier.com