Bombardier Challenger 605 and 100-Seat CRJ1000 Jets

Bombardier Aerospace Launches 100-Seat CRJ1000 Regional Jet

  • Program launched with firm orders, conditional orders and options for more than 60 aircraft
  • Deliveries to begin in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2009

Bombardier announced today the launch of its CRJ1000 regional jet, the next major step in the evolution of the CRJ Series aircraft family, the world’s most successful family of regional aircraft.

Previously designated the CRJ900X jet, the CRJ1000 regional airliner is designed specifically to meet the needs of growing regional airlines for jets of up to 100 seats, with a focus on extremely low operating costs and improvements to cabin comfort.

“We anticipated the need for larger regional aircraft when we introduced the CRJ700 regional jet in 1997 and the CRJ900 regional jet in 2000. These aircraft are now the backbones of many airline fleets worldwide,” said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “Today, with the CRJ1000 aircraft, Bombardier continues to build on its ongoing commitment to product innovation. The CRJ1000 regional jet combines the proven platform, reliability and flexible cabin configurations of its predecessors with its closest competitor having up to 15 per cent higher trip cash operating costs.”

The CRJ1000 aircraft program is launched with 38 firm orders, 15 of which are CRJ900 conversions, and 23 conditional orders and options. The following three customers have placed these orders.

Brit Air of Morlaix, France, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France, has placed a firm order for eight CRJ1000 aircraft, and has taken options on eight additional CRJ1000 aircraft. Based on CRJ1000 list price, the value of Brit Air’s eight firm ordered aircraft is approximately $371 million US which could rise to $768 million US if the airline exercises its eight options.

With the launch of the CRJ1000 aircraft, My Way Airlines of Italy is converting, as announced in September 2006, 15 of its 19 CRJ900 regional jet orders to CRJ1000 regional jets. The original contract value for the 19 CRJ900 aircraft, based on CRJ900 aircraft list price, was approximately $702 million US. This value will increase to approximately $857 million US for four CRJ900 and 15 CRJ1000 aircraft, based on CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft list prices.

An undisclosed customer has placed a firm order for 15 of the aircraft, with a conditional order for an additional 15. Based on CRJ1000 list price, the contract value for this 15 aircraft firm order is approximately $704 million US, which could increase to $1.5 billion US if the airline’s 15 conditional orders are executed.

The new CRJ1000 regional jet is scheduled to enter service in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2009. First flight is scheduled for the summer of 2008. With a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 91,800 pounds (41,632 kilograms), the CRJ1000 aircraft will offer a maximum range of 1,691 nautical miles (3,139 kilometres) with 100 passengers, under certain operating conditions. Compared to older generation aircraft of similar passenger capacity currently in operation, the CRJ1000 will also respond to today’s environmental needs by providing substantially lower fuel consumption and achieving up to 30 per cent reduced carbon dioxide engine emissions.

About Bombardier
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Bombardier Challenger 605 Jet
Johannesburg, South Africa, February 28, 2007

Next generation Challenger 605 jet entered service in late January

Bombardier announced its next-generation Bombardier Challenger 605 widebody business jet has recently completed its international debut tour. The new Bombardier jet successfully completed a 16-day, multi-city tour in Africa, highlighted by a special welcome reception at Lanseria International Airport in South Africa.

During the aircraft’s short stay in South Africa, Bombardier Aerospace of Canada and local business aircraft distribution agent ExecuJet South Africa hosted exclusive visits and demonstration flights for potential customers and journalists.

The full range of new features available aboard the Challenger 605 jet are present in this first aircraft, including the widest stand-up cabin of any large-category business jet available today. It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite that supports real-time satellite graphical weather and electronic charts to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilot workload and features a state-of-the-art Ethernet-based Cabin Electronic System.

“We are excited to premier the Challenger 605 jet on the African continent,” said Bob Horner, vice-president, sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This aircraft combines the proven platform and reliability of the legendary Challenger family, with improved cockpit technology and enhanced cabin comfort. It’s a great match for the rigorous requirements demanded by aircraft operators in this region.”

First flight of the Challenger 605 jet occurred January 22, 2006, and certification by Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency were all awarded in October 2006.

“We believe the Challenger 605 jet will be just as popular in Africa as its predecessor – the Challenger 604 aircraft,” stated Ettore Poggi, managing director, ExecuJet South Africa. “The Challenger aircraft family has an outstanding reputation for proven reliability, excellent performance and value, which we can account for first hand as Challenger aircraft continue to perform exceptionally within ExecuJet’s global fleet,” he added.

The Challenger 605 jet operates at a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82 (870 km/h), and offers an increased payload capacity of 200 pounds (91 kg), with up to 12 passengers*. The list price for a typically equipped Challenger 605 aircraft is $26.7 million US.

Bombardier is represented in the region by ExecuJet Aviation Group through the company’s associate, ExecuJet South Africa, the continent’s leading supplier of business aviation solutions. Based at Lanseria International Airport, near Johannesburg, and Cape Town International Airport, ExecuJet South Africa is the exclusive sales representative for the entire line of Bombardier business jets led by the Learjet, Challenger and Global families in several
Southern African countries and the Indian Ocean islands.

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