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Bombardier Aerospace

August 18, 2006 14:02 ET

Construction of Bombardier Aerospace's Permanent Queretaro Facility to Begin This Fall

Structural aircraft components work conducted at temporary facility is ahead of schedule

QUERETARO, MEXICO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2006) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the construction of its permanent manufacturing site to be located in the Queretaro Aerospace Park Project will begin this fall. Manufacturing operations at this new site are scheduled to start during the second half of 2007.

Bombardier employees at the temporary Queretaro facility are currently producing electrical harnesses and have already started manufacturing structural aircraft components. These aircraft components include the Bombardier CRJ200/Challenger 850 fuselage transferred from Bombardier's Belfast facility and the Q400 aircraft flight control work package (rudder, elevator and horizontal stabilizer) transferred from a supplier.

Bombardier Aerospace's temporary facility, located in the El Marques Industrial Park, began operations in May 2006. Currently, 100 trained employees and 100 students completing a four-week training program are producing electrical harnesses and structural aircraft components. By the end of 2007, employment is expected to reach 600 people.

"We are confident in our investment because of the strong commitment to the development of the aerospace industry in Mexico shown by both the Federal and State of Queretaro governments," said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. "Equally important is the professionalism and the dedication of our Mexican employees and their eagerness to meet new challenges."

"We take great pride in our partnership with the Mexican government in developing an industry that will attract investment, highly qualified labour, technology and new expertise in many business sectors in addition to aerospace," he added.

On October 26, 2005, Bombardier Aerospace announced the establishment of a world-class manufacturing facility in Queretaro to complement its existing sites. Bombardier Transportation is also present in Mexico through its facility in Ciudad Sahagun, acquired in 1992. Since this acquisition, Bombardier Transportation has become the most important supplier of the Mexican transit market, as most of the rolling stock of the Mexican freight and transportation systems were built in this facility.

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, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, CRJ200, Q400 and Challenger 850 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Note to Editors

Renderings of the new manufacturing facility and images of the ceremony will be available on our Web site multimedia gallery at: www.aero.bombardier.com/htmen/F15.jsp

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