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Bombardier Global 5000 makes grand debut en route to Paris Air Show

June 11, 2003 White Plains Aerospace,  Press Release

New jet poised to redefine high-speed trans-Atlantic travel

Bombardier Aerospace’s new Bombardier Global 5000* super-large business jet made its grand debut today during a private showing at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.

Resplendent in its Bombardier Global distinctive gold livery, the aircraft is en route to Le Bourget Airport to make its first appearance at the Paris Air Show. This inaugural trans-Atlantic flight will underscore its capabilities as the world’s fastest civil aircraft for non-stop trans-Atlantic travel. “No other business aircraft can link America with Continental Europe faster than the Global 5000,” said Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

“We are pleased to provide media and prospective customers with this advance viewing prior to the Paris Air Show,” Mr. Edwards added. “The Bombardier Global 5000 is the fastest business jet in its class, with the largest, most comfortable cabin and best-in-class balanced field length, giving it the ability to access the world’s most challenging and remote airfields. The Global 5000 aircraft redefines its category.”

This public debut comes three months after the aircraft’s first flight. Type certification to stringent regulations from Transport Canada, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Joint Aviation Authorities is on target for 2004. The aircraft is expected to enter corporate service in early 2005.

Best-in-class cabin

The Bombardier Global 5000 combines superior performance standards with the most comfortable and technologically advanced cabin currently available in its category. A new Rockwell Collins advanced Cabin Electronic System, expected to offer superior reliability with a highly productive working environment that includes high-speed connectivity and a complete digital airborne Local Area Network, complemented by an in-cabin telephone system and multi-channel Satellite Communications (SATCOM).

The Bombardier Global 5000 is capable of flying non-stop from continental Europe to central North America at Mach 0.85 (562 mph; 904 km/h) with eight passengers and three crew. It is also designed to execute trancontinental missions at a brisk Mach 0.89 (590 mph; 950 km/hr).

With best-in-class balanced field length at takeoff of 5,000 feet (1,524 m) at sea level (MTOW, ISA) and a landing distance (MLW, ISA, SL) of 2,700 feet (812 m), Bombardier Global 5000 operators will also be able to fly in and out of challenging sea level airfields such as Seletar, Singapore, and high altitude airfields such as Aspen, Colorado. City-pairs linked non-stop at Mach 0.85 by the aircraft include New York-Sao Paulo, Paris-Chicago, London-Dallas, and Tokyo-Sydney.

The Bombardier Global 5000 is the 12th of 14 new aircraft that Bombardier Aerospace has introduced in just 14 years. Based on the proven platform of the Bombardier Global Express* ultra long-range business jet, the Bombardier Global 5000 offers an unprecedented level of productivity and flexibility to operators through aircraft commonality. Flight departments will benefit from common type ratings for pilots and maintenance technicians, and a common spare parts pool. They will also enjoy a greater degree of operations flexibility.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Mobile: (514) 918-9352

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