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March 04, 2005 09:51 ET

Bombardier Significantly Enhances the CRJ900 Jetliner, Bombardier Adds Value to its CRJ Family of Aircraft




MARCH 4, 2005 - 09:51 ET

Bombardier Significantly Enhances the CRJ900 Jetliner,
Bombardier Adds Value to its CRJ Family of Aircraft

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 4, 2005) - Bombardier Aerospace
(TSX:BBD) has significantly enhanced its CRJ Series with the
introduction of an upgraded Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, offering
important new benefits to operators.

The upgraded CRJ900 aircraft combines substantially improved take-off
and landing performance and increased range. In addition, the jetliner
now provides lower fuel consumption.

The enhanced CRJ900 aircraft was developed to provide improved payload
range capability from shorter airfields. The improved airfield
performance will pay special dividends at airports that are constrained
by field length, surrounding obstructions, or hot weather/high-altitude

"CRJ900 aircraft flying from such airports will be able to take-off at a
higher aircraft weight and thus carry more revenue-generating payload,"
said Rod Williams, vice-president, Aircraft Programs, Bombardier
Regional Aircraft. "That, coupled with lower fuel consumption, can make
an important difference to the operator's bottom line," added Mr.

The improved take-off and landing distances are made possible by
combining the optimization of wing leading-edge devices and a redesigned
wing tip and winglet that results in a lower lift/drag ratio and reduced
approach speeds. The winglet also contributes to the lower fuel burn.

In addition to the performance improvements, Bombardier is launching a
new Long Range (LR) CRJ900 aircraft variant which complements the
existing Baseline and Extended Range (ER) aircraft. The CRJ900 LR
jetliner provides an increased payload and range over the ER version and
can carry a full passenger load more than 1,030 miles (1,658 km) from a
5,800-foot (1,767 m) runway.

"The Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft already had the lowest operating costs
in its class of aircraft. The upgraded CRJ900 aircraft will bring these
costs even lower," stated
Mr. Williams.

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 and Frankfurt stock
exchanges (BBD and BBDd.F). News and information are available at

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its subsidiaries.


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