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December 06, 2006 08:33 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Receives Award for "Best Technology Contribution in Firefighting" for its Amphibious Aircraft

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 6, 2006) - Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has received, in Madrid, the Batefuegos de oro award presented by the Asociacion para la Promocion de Actividades Socioculturales (APAS) for "Greatest technological advancement in firefighting". The awarding process goes through two juries comprised of some of the most reputed and recognized technicians in firefighting in Spain. The first jury accepts the nomination and the second jury awards the prize. The following text was read as part of the presentation:

"In the 60s the company designed the amphibious aircraft Canadair CL-215, which has evolved in the 90s into the CL-215T and later into the Bombardier 415. This is the most efficient tool for the aerial combat of forest fires, key to the organization of firefighting in a large number of countries. The continuous improvements to meet the needs of forest firefighting have made these aircraft the aerial means most in demand over more than 30 years."(1)

"This award serves to demonstrate once again that the firefighting community continues to recognize the CL-215, CL-215T and Bombardier 415 as the best aircraft for fighting fires, over other solutions. Bombardier is very proud of this recognition and wishes to thank all firefighting agencies for their renewed and continuous support," said Michel Bourgeois, President, Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft.

Since the first delivery of its latest model Bombardier 415 aircraft in 1994, Bombardier Aerospace has delivered 64 Bombardier 415 aircraft to firefighting agencies in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Ontario, Quebec and Spain. In the Mediterranean region, France, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain currently operate 42 Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft and Spain operates 14 CL-215T turboprop aircraft and has also acquired a Bombardier 415 last July. In addition, 26 CL-215 piston aircraft remain in service fighting fires in Europe.

Bombardier, Canadair, CL-215, CL-215T and 415 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

(1) Translated from Spanish

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