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October 15, 2006 15:49 ET

NBAA 2006: Bombardier Challenger 605 Earns Transport Canada Certification

New business jet debuts at NBAA

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 15, 2006) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Transport Canada (TC) has granted approval for the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications in the next generation Bombardier Challenger 605 widebody business jet.

Bombardier is celebrating the milestone by premiering its new aircraft at its static pavilion at Orlando Executive Airport during the 2006 National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention. The aircraft - fresh out of the Montreal Completion Center - features a stunning corporate interior, designed for ultimate comfort and productivity. It is the second of two aircraft in the test program.

TC awarded the amendment to the type certificate on October 5, 2006 - one month ahead of schedule - and approvals by other regulatory agencies are expected to follow shortly. This paves the way for the aircraft's entry into service in the third fiscal quarter of 2007.

"This is great news for business jet operators," said Pierre Gabriel Côté, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The Challenger 605 program is right on schedule, and with the first completed aircraft here at NBAA, customers have the opportunity for a hands-on preview of this magnificent new jet."

Launched at NBAA 2005, less than one year ago, the Challenger 605 aircraft is poised to maintain its legendary widebody reputation as the best selling jet in its class.

Modern avionics system moves towards paperless cockpit

The Challenger 605 business jet flight deck is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, which is fully configurable and offers pilots instant, intuitive access to critical flight information. The integrated avionics package includes four 10 inch by 12 inch (25.4 cm by 30.5 cm) vertically aligned next generation LCD screens, which increase the display area by 55 percent over its predecessor, the Challenger 604 aircraft.

The Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS), included as standard equipment, enables electronic navigation charts, airport diagrams and instrument departure and landing procedures. The system also allows the aircraft's position to be overlaid on navigation charts, resulting in significantly improved situational awareness. The flight deck is also equipped with a side display touch screen for co-pilots, which produces a second copy of electronic charts for potential "paperless" operations.

Aircraft features increases usable cabin volume

The Challenger 605 jet's interior features numerous enhancements to maximize passenger comfort. Its cabin is redesigned to provide more headroom and cabin volume, and includes LED lighting throughout. The windows have been enlarged and relocated, and a new window reveal design boosts the amount of natural light in the cabin by approximately 30 percent. A new galley design offers passengers increased storage capacity and functionality as well as optimized, ergonomically enhanced working areas.

A digital, Ethernet-based cabin electronic system provides passengers with a new level of cabin control and flexibility. The system, which includes touch-screen controls in both the galley and at the VIP location, enables new optional features such as audio/video on demand and supports optional high-speed connectivity for web browsing and e-mail access.

Improved payload range

A combination of new materials and technologies together with the new lighter flight deck will reduce the overall weight of the Challenger 605 jet by 200 pounds (91 kg) from the current Challenger 604 aircraft, which translates to more payload flexibility. For example, the Challenger 605 will offer the same range as its predecessor, but with an extra passenger on board.

First flight occurred in January 2006 and two aircraft were used for the development program. Aircraft one was deployed to Bombardier facilities in Wichita for avionics testing in a 179-hour-flight test program; aircraft two just completed installation of its interior and will soon undergo a series of interior certification tests.

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.

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