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March 14, 2005 18:30 ET

Bombardier Q300 Turboprop Selected by Japan For Airways Calibration


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MARCH 14, 2005 - 18:30 ET

Bombardier Q300 Turboprop Selected by Japan For
Airways Calibration

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) - Bombardier Aerospace
announced today that the Bombardier Q300 turboprop has been selected by
the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as a new-generation low- and
medium-altitude navigation aids inspection and calibration aircraft.

Sojitz Corporation of Tokyo, Bombardier's sales agent in Japan, is the
prime contractor to the JCAB and will acquire one Q300 turboprop from
Bombardier. Field Aviation Company inc. of Toronto will provide the
mechanical modifications to the aircraft and install a next-generation
UNIFIS 3000 Automatic Flight Inspection System which will be supplied by
Norwegian Special Mission (NSM) of Norway. The aircraft is to be
delivered to the JCAB in the fourth quarter of 2006.

"The Bombardier Dash 8 family is widely operated in Japan by major
airlines and its proven reliability and reputation are the prime reasons
for the selection of the Q300 model," said the JCAB in a statement. The
JCAB also operates two Bombardier Global Express jets for
Multi-functional Transport Satellite monitoring (MTSAT) which has been
launched this month to cover emerging traffic in the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are very pleased with the decision by the JCAB which proves their
continued confidence in Bombardier products. This is yet another advance
for Bombardier Regional Aircraft in sales of these aircraft for
non-airline roles," said Derek Gilmour, vice-president, Government and
Special Mission Sales, Bombardier Aerospace. "The Bombardier Q300
turboprop was earlier chosen by the Swedish Coast Guard for maritime
surveillance and our Q100, Q200 and Q400 aircraft have also been favored
for non-airline missions. It is a strong tribute to the quality,
reliability, cabin comfort and low operating costs of Bombardier
aircraft."

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