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August 06, 2012 09:00 ET

Vision Flight Deck Takes Centre Stage at LABACE 2012

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2012) - Bombardier, the world's leading business aircraft manufacturer, will showcase its Vision Flight Deck cockpit at the ninth Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) at Congonhas airport in São Paulo, Brazil from August 15-17, 2012. Joining the debuting Global 6000 jet, Bombardier will present a Challenger 300, a Learjet 45 XR and a Learjet 60 XR aircraft on static display.

"As the Latin American market continues to grow in strength and importance on the world stage, with the region forecast to grow with nearly 1,000 deliveries over the next decade, once again the world's eyes will be focused on business aviation in Latin America," said Fabio Rebello, Regional Vice-President, Sales, Latin America, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "It is truly exciting for us to showcase the Global 6000 aircraft with the Vision Flight Deck cockpit for the very first time in this marketplace. We strongly believe that once customers have experienced the Global 6000 jet, featuring a full stand-up shower - an essential for any long journey, our position as the world's leading business aircraft manufacturer becomes evident."

Bombardier forecast that the Latin American market will account for some 2,285 business aircraft deliveries over the period from 2012-2031, which is broken down into 985 deliveries between 2012 and 2021, and 1,300 deliveries from 2022 to 2031. It is forecast that the fleet of 1,650 business jets at the end of 2011 will increase to 3,135 aircraft by the end of 2031, equivalent to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of three per cent.

Putting our customers first locally, globally

Bombardier is committed to putting its customers first by offering the highest level of support as close as possible to their operational bases. As part of this commitment to customers in Latin America, Bombardier opened a business aircraft Regional Support Office (RSO) in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2011. The RSO is located alongside Bombardier's already-established parts depot and Authorized Service Facility (ASF), SynerJet Brasil. The office is staffed by an RSO Manager who oversees three Field Service Representatives, with a long-term plan to add a Customer Support Account Manager and Customer Liaison Pilot.

To complement its extensive support network, Bombardier offers optimized maintenance and support solutions through its Smart Services programs. With more than 25 years' experience in providing cost protection and budget predictability for its business aircraft customers, the pioneering Smart Parts program has continued to gain popularity among business aircraft operators worldwide.

Learjet 45 XR aircraft: When compared to its closest competitor, the eight-to-nine passenger Learjet 45 XR aircraft flies faster and farther, with more passengers*. The jet's passenger cabin area is approximately 15 inches (38 cm) longer and features the only double-club seating configuration in its class, making it an ideal product for charter and fractional operators.

Learjet 60 XR aircraft: The Learjet 60 XR aircraft is a proven model of performance, comfort, value and technology in the midsize jet market segment. It delivers a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (863 km/hr), superior climb capabilities, proven fuel efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile*. The jet's higher operating altitudes - certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) - translate to time savings due to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence.

Challenger 300 aircraft: This first true super-midsize aircraft offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight-to-ten passengers. It can fly São Paulo-Caracas and São Paulo-Quito non-stop with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves, and its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease*. The Challenger 300 jet offers the best performance and value in its class combined with a dispatch reliability consistently over 99.7 per cent - this aircraft has exceeded customer expectations since its entry-into-service in 2004.

Global 6000 aircraft: The Global 6000 business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate aircraft - offering more cabin volume and more floor space than its closest competitor. No other business jet in the ultra long-range segment matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet can link São Paulo-Geneva, São Paulo-Phoenix and fly 6,000 nm (11,112 km) non-stop with eight passengers and three-to-four crew*.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's only 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 indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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*Under certain operating conditions.

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