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Bombardier Challenger 300 makes Latin American debut at Aero-Expo

March 7, 2003 Acapulco Aerospace,  Press Release

The Bombardier Challenger* 300 super-midsize business jet touched down at Aero-Expo in Acapulco, Mexico today, marking the Latin American debut of the newest member of Bombardier’s highly successful Challenger aircraft family.

Aircraft s/n 20-004, the fourth of five aircraft in the Bombardier Challenger 300 flight test program, arrived at the show outfitted with an interior that is being used for validation of the design concept. It is on static display through Saturday, March 8, 2003.

“We are delighted to have the Bombardier Challenger 300 make its first Latin American appearance in Mexico, a country in which this aircraft has been very well received,” commented Fabio Rebello, regional vice-president, sales, Latin America, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft. “Our clients in the region are looking for the qualities brought together in this aircraft: impressive cabin comfort and unbeatable value that is unparalleled in the super-midsize business jet class.”

Offering a 3,100-nautical-mile (5,471-km) range with eight passengers and with NBAA IFR reserves, it will enter corporate service in 2003.

Developed following a thorough two-year market research program, the Bombardier Challenger 300 is tailored to executives’ key requirements, and provides a cost-effective step-up for current light and midsize jet operators. It offers non-stop capability from Toluca Airport near Mexico City to most major cities in North America, including New York, Toronto and San Francisco. Cities linked by the Bombardier Challenger 300 from Acapulco include La Paz, Bolivia, Manaus, Brazil, and Juno, Alaska.

The Bombardier Challenger 300 is undergoing an extensive flight and ground test program which is expected to result in type certification from Transport Canada shortly. The aircraft has been designed to meet the latest standards of Transport Canada 525, U.S. FAR 25 and European JAR 25 regulations, and will be fully compliant with Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) regulations.

“The Bombardier Challenger 300 is rapidly approaching certification and will be a very mature and reliable aircraft when it enters into service this year,” declared Jim Dwyer, Bombardier Challenger 300 project pilot, Bombardier Flight Test Center. “Both in the air and in ground testing, all systems and performance expectations are on target.”

As of Feb. 23, 2003, the Bombardier Challenger 300 flight test program had accumulated over 1,718 flight test hours during 873 flights.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., designs and manufactures innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* fractional ownership, aircraft charter and management, technical services, 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 in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 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.

Information:
Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Mobile : 52 555 432 8274

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