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March 11, 2005 14:37 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Showcases Innovation At Australian International Airshow 2005


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MARCH 11, 2005 - 14:37 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Showcases Innovation At
Australian International Airshow 2005

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - Bombardier Aerospace,
recognized throughout the Asia-Pacific region as a leader in the
regional airliner and business jet markets, will exhibit five innovative
aircraft at Avalon Airport for the Australian International Airshow
2005. The aircraft on static display include the new Special Edition
Learjet 60, Challenger 300 and the Global Express business jets as well
as the Bombardier Q200 aircraft and the world's most advanced turboprop,
the Bombardier Q400.

Bombardier will showcase the 37-passenger Q200 aircraft in National Air
Support Coastwatch configuration, and the 70-passenger Q400 airliner,
whose proven exceptional operating economics, profit potential, jet-like
speed and cabin comfort have made it today's 70-seat turboprop of choice
for operators and passengers alike. Although the Q400 turboprop on
display is in Qantas colours, it is owned and operated by Bombardier
Aerospace as a demonstration aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace has been a major player in Australian regional
airline aviation since the first Dash 8 aircraft entered service with
Eastern Australia Airlines in 1989. Today, 48 Bombardier turboprops are
in service with companies across Australia. QantasLink operates, or has
on order, 44 Dash 8 and Q Series aircraft. In addition, the proven
flexibility, utility and ruggedness of Bombardier Dash 8 and Q Series
aircraft have led to their selection by National Air Support, Skippers
and TenixLADS Corp. for non-airline missions.

"Qantas Airways has ordered seven Q400 aircraft for QantasLink, while
Air New Zealand has ordered 17 of our 50-seat Q300 turboprops for Air
New Zealand Link," said James Dailly, vice-president, International
Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "These orders testify to the
efficiency, passenger comfort and profitability of our Q Series
aircraft. We are very proud of the important role our aircraft are
playing in regional airline transport in Australasia and the
Asia-Pacific region."

Two of Bombardier's newest business jets will be showcased together in
Australia for the first time. The midsize Special Edition Learjet 60
aircraft, featuring a comprehensive array of avionics and interior
options, is the value leader in its category and is recognized
throughout corporate aviation for its superior dispatch reliability and
exceptional cabin comfort. A total of 279 Learjet 60 aircraft were
delivered as of Feb. 1, 2005.

The Challenger 300 aircraft, the first true super-midsize business jet,
was introduced in Australia in early 2004. The aircraft, which combines
superior long-range cruise speed, and a full eight-passenger cabin
entered into service in January 2004. As of Feb. 1, 2005, a total of 25
Challenger 300 aircraft were in service worldwide.

Joining this high-performance team of business jets is the ultra
long-range Bombardier Global Express aircraft. With more than 140
deliveries worldwide since 1990, including a handful in Australia, the
Global Express is the definitive ultra long-range business jet. Its
successor, the Global Express XRS aircraft, successfully completed its
first flight on January 16, 2005 and is on schedule to enter service in
early 2006. The Global Express XRS business jet offers even more range
at higher speed, a superior cabin and performance enhancements.

Bombardier, together with its exclusive representative, ExecuJet
Australia, is raising the standard of corporate aviation throughout the
continent. "Business jet usage continues to increase across Australia,
with steady increases in both traditional ownership and in the charter
market," stated David Dixon, regional vice-president, Sales, Bombardier
Business Aircraft.

In addition to offering complete and modern business jet charter from
its base at Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport, ExecuJet
Australia is a member of Bombardier's Skyjet International network,
offering executives and government officials a first-rate and reliable
global travel solution.

"With over 900 business jets worldwide, Bombardier Skyjet International
is uniquely positioned to meet growing demand in the region for
seamless, flexible global business jet travel, offering passengers the
unprecedented ability to purchase business jet flights from a single
source and fly anytime, anywhere in the world," said Judith Moreton,
managing director, Bombardier Skyjet International.

The Australia International Airshow 2005 runs from Tuesday March 15,
through Sunday, March 20, and the Bombardier Aerospace chalet is located
at Row N14 at Avalon Airport, near Melbourne.

Static display: Bombardier, Q200, Q400, Special Edition Learjet 60,
Challenger 300 and Global Express

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

Bombardier, Learjet, Challenger, Global, Q Series, Dash 8 and Skyjet
International are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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