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Friday, June 15, 2007

Libyan Airlines Orders Three Bombardier CRJ900 Airliners, BBD at Paris

On the eve of the Paris Air Show, Bombardier (BBD) announced a previously undisclosed customer of an order announced in June. In the beginning of a fleet renewal program, Libyan Airlines ordered three Bombardier CRJ900s, optioning two more in an order announced on June 6, but with no customer identity. The value of the order is put at about $108 million for the firm aircraft. Libyan Airlines currently serves 27 destinations with passenger and cargo service in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
As of April 30, 2007, Bombardier had delivered 1,423 CRJ Series aircraft, including 254 CRJ700, 15 CRJ705 and 100 CRJ900 aircraft to operators.
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In addition to a special technology display area, Bombardier made Paris the first stop on its world-wide tour of a cabin mockup of its proposed C-Series aircraft on which it is scheduled to make a definitive decision next year. The aircraft – seating 110-149 – is currently scheduled for service entry in 2013 should it be launched. It also plans displaying its recently introduced next-generation regional jet, the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen and a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. The first CRJ-9000 NextGen was delivered to Northwest Airlink Mesaba as part of the 36-aircraft Northwest order. Related Story
Also on static display will be the new Challenger 605 aircraft along with the Learjet 45 XR aircraft and the Bombardier Global 5000 business aircraft. Just before Paris, Bombardier Challenger received approval from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TC) to serve London City Airport. The approval for steep approach and landing capability at London City Airport (LYC) applies to all Challenger 604 and Challenger 605 aircraft registered in the European Union member states and Canada. An optional service bulletin will be available for existing aircraft owners in the third quarter of Bombardier FY07/08, and will give details regarding crew certifications and costs.
An aircraft must demonstrate its ability to be flown safely at a 5.5-degree or greater approach angle, take off and land on the airport’s 4,327-foot (1,319-meter) runway, and meet the local noise requirements. The 605 proved its capabilities during more than five hours of flight-testing and eight steep-approach landings into the airport, with actual landings performed by Bombardier, EASA and TC pilots. EASA certification was granted on May 30 and TC certification was granted on May 10.
In separate news Air Independence placed a firm order for three wide-body Challenger 605 business jets. The transaction is valued at approximately $82 million US, based on the list price for typically equipped aircraft. The new aircraft will be based in Munich and are scheduled for delivery between October 2009 and end of February 2010. Air Independence, a leading business aviation services company in Europe, currently operates two Challenger 604 jets and one Challenger 800 aircraft.
This year, for the first time, Bombardier Aerospace will present a special Technology display area in its Paris pavilion. There, visitors will be able to experience, firsthand, some of the state-of-the-art technology in Bombardier aircraft. Each of the five stations will feature a video presentation including its work on Aircraft Aerodynamic Design, knowledge-Based Engineering to help customers Visualize their interiors, active noise and vibration control (by Ultra Electronics and Bombardier Aerospace); Global Express Sleep Seats (by B/E Aerospace and Bombardier Aerospace); and advanced composite structures.
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