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Bombardier Global 5000 Business Jet Earns Transport Canada Type Approval

March 22, 2004 Montréal Aerospace,  Press Release

Aircraft to set new standards for speed, productivity when it enters service


The new Bombardier Global* 5000, the world’s fastest intercontinental super-large business jet, has received full type approval from Transport Canada, clearing the way for first deliveries of “green” production aircraft to begin in the second quarter of 2004. The first Global 5000, currently being equipped with a custom interior, will enter service in the fourth quarter of 2004.

The Bombardier Global 5000 offers an exciting combination to operators – unparalleled speed and unprecedented cabin productivity and comfort.

“This changes everything – the Bombardier Global 5000 is far and away the new standard in the super-large business jet category,” stated Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Bombardier Global 5000 is a state-of-the-art machine that will dramatically improve travel for business and government leaders who, to date, have had no choice but to compromise on most key attributes such as cabin width, functionality, travel time between important cities, and airfield accessibility.”

Transport Canada -- the lead regulatory agency involved in the program -- awarded full certification to Chapter 525, Change 6, on March 12, 2004. The Bombardier Global 5000 will also be approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to FAR Part 25, Amendments 1 to 97, and by the European Joint Aviation Authorities to JAR Part 25, up to Change 14.

Launched in February 2002 following an intensive 24-month market analysis, the Bombardier Global 5000 provides a cost-effective step-up for current large aircraft operators. As well, operators flying both the Bombardier Global Express and Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft will enjoy several key benefits from fleet commonality including enhanced operational flexibility and common crew type rating, lower pilot and maintenance training costs, and lower maintenance and spare parts costs.

Unparalleled speed

Bombardier test pilots and engineers demonstrated the superior speed capabilities of the Bombardier Global 5000 during the flight test program, flying at Mach 0.89 (590 mph; 950 km/h) and even beyond.

Due to its speed, and its maximum take-off weight of 87,700 pounds (39,780 kg), the Bombardier Global 5000 can connect important business corridors such as Washington D.C.-London and New York-Paris at least 20 minutes faster than either the Gulfstream G450 or the Falcon 900EX. The Bombardier Global 5000 offers even more time-saving benefits over greater distances: it can fly Paris-Chicago and Berlin-Washington D.C. approximately 47 minutes faster than these two older jets.

At a typical cruise speed of Mach 0.85 (562 mph; 904 km/h) – the fastest cruise speed in its category – the Bombardier Global 5000 will fly eight passengers and three crew 4,800 nautical miles (8,889 km).

Unprecedented cabin technology

The cabin represents the latest advancements in ergonomics, productivity and ambiance technology. Enhancements include new body heat-activated seats that adjust to a passenger’s physique, enlarged window overlays offering up to 40 per cent more natural light over previous designs, and a new contoured cabin periphery that creates a greater sense of intimacy. Passengers will also enjoy a superior cabin ambiance thanks to next-generation light emitting diode technology.

In addition, the aircraft is equipped with a revolutionary Ethernet-based cabin electronic system delivering the same high-caliber working capabilities comparable to any ground office. It features: three communication channels linked with the Inmarsat satellite network and one channel for use with the Iridium satellite constellation; a high-speed data channel transferring up to 64 kilobits per second; both wired and wireless telephones; dual avionics grade Local Area Networks (LAN) with dual servers; and in-cabin printer and fax capabilities.

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 $21.3 billion Cdn and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com

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Information:
Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Montréal: (514) 855-7988

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