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June 16, 2015 07:35 ET

Bombardier Appoints Netherland's SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance as C Series Aircraft Authorized Service Facility

- SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance B.V. is first facility to be named for C Series aircraft in Europe and surrounding regions

- Currently provides aircraft maintenance services on existing Bombardier products in Bombardier's strategic global network of aftermarket services

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - June 16, 2015) - International Paris Air Show

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has appointed SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance B.V. of the Netherlands as its first Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for the all-new C Series family of airliners.

Under the ASF agreement, which takes effect immediately, SAMCO will offer C Series aircraft operators maintenance services that include: start-up support, line maintenance, base maintenance and continued airworthiness management, from its facilities located at the Maastricht Airport in Beek, Netherlands.

"We're very excited to broaden our collaboration with SAMCO as it becomes the C Series aircraft's first Authorized Service Facility in the world," said Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "SAMCO has been providing maintenance services to some of our existing aircraft operators in Europe for the last six years and has a great reputation for meeting our customers' needs. I am certain this level of performance will extend to our C Series aircraft operators."

"For almost 30 years now, we have been offering our customers exceptional customer care and expertise - providing them with aircraft maintenance solutions in a timely, cost-effective manner," said Constant van Schaik, Chief Executive Officer, SAMCO. "We are thrilled to continue working alongside Bombardier and extending our services offering to include the all-new C Series aircraft."

To accommodate the C Series aircraft, SAMCO will begin an expansion project this year that will see its current 5,300 square-metre hangar capacity almost double to a total of approximately 10,000 square metres.

About C Series Aircraft

The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100% all-new design that offers operators potential savings of between US$ 7.5 to 12 million per aircraft. The aircraft are delivering more than a 20% fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10% advantage compared to re-engined aircraft.

In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure an excellent passenger experience. The C Series aircraft's larger seats, overhead bins and windows create a widebody feel that offers passengers unparalleled comfort.

The CS100 and CS300 aircraft have over 95% parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. The groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise and emissions, increasing the aircraft's environmental and social compatibility. By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.

About SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance B.V.

Established in 1987 as an independent third-party maintenance provider for a complete range of regional jet and turboprop aircraft, SAMCO's modern, fully equipped facility provides a vast array of aircraft maintenance activities, including heavy base maintenance checks, line maintenance, logistic support, continuing airworthiness, structural repairs, and structural & avionics modification programs. SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance has an EASA part 21 DOA approval for the design of minor changes and repairs on the aircraft.

SAMCO was first appointed as an ASF for the Q Series aircraft in 2009. News and information are available at www.samco.aero.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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