Bombardier Inc. (BDRBF: OTC Link) | Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Caps Off Successful Year for its Q400 and Q400 NextGen Aircraft Program


ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 25, 2013) – Bombardier Aerospace announced today
that its Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program wrapped up a successful year
in 2012 with up to $2.7 billion US in orders including 50 firm orders and 31
option aircraft, while welcoming seven new customers, operators and leasing

“In 2012, the Q400 NextGen aircraft order book grew significantly with
orders from first-time customers – WestJet and Eurolot – as well as from
repeat customers looking to enhance their fleets with the only turboprop that
accommodates more passengers and route possibilities,” said Mike
Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 aircraft
spread further into secondary markets and, together with the Q400 NextGen
aircraft, brought new customers, operators and leasing companies from almost
every continent into the Bombardier turboprop family. This demonstrates the
flexibility and performance capability of the aircraft.

“For airlines seeking high productivity and profitability on a diversity
of routes, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are unbeatable. With up to 10 more
seats, up to 35 per cent more cargo volume and with their jet-like speed, the
aircraft can fly up to 18 per cent more flights per day than a competing
turboprop. That’s approximately 30 per cent more revenue potential,”
added Mr. Arcamone.

Russia and CIS Type Approval and Mongolia Type Acceptance Certification

In June 2012, the Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft became the largest
Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in
Russia and the CIS. Mongolia in central Asia granted the aircraft type
acceptance certification in the region in May 2012. A few weeks later, EZnis
Airways began operating its first Q400 aircraft showcasing the aircraft’s
performance on gravel runways and in cold weather, as well as its ample cargo
and baggage compartments for supporting mining charters and equipment.

Dual-class Q400 NextGen Aircraft

In September 2012, Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines became the first
airline to take delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners outfitted with a
dual-class configuration on Bombardier’s production line. The five airliners
that were ordered have been delivered and have entered service with Ethiopian
Airlines and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo. The new configuration –
featuring seven business class and 60 economy seats; fore and aft lavatories;
and a galley outfitted to provide cold and hot meals – demonstrates the
flexibility of the Q400 NextGen aircraft’s passenger cabin. The new
configuration has also provided the airlines with increased cargo capacity.

Q400 Smart Parts Program

Currently, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft operators spanning the globe,
including Japan Air Commuter, India’s SpiceJet, Eurolot of Poland,
Luxembourg’s Luxair, as well as Republic Airlines and the Department of Justice
in the U.S., have selected the increasingly popular Q400 Smart Parts program.
The pioneering Smart Parts program has been providing cost protection and
budget predictability for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers for more
than 25 years. There are currently approximately 1,200 Bombardier business
aircraft enrolled, covering over 80,000 components. Bombardier introduced the
Smart Parts program for the Q400 aircraft in March 2008.

About Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft

Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners are the advanced successors to
Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul
operations, the “comfortably greener,” 70- to 80-seat Q400 aircraft
is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It provides an ideal
balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced
environmental footprint.

Bombardier has booked firm orders for 463 Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops,
and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40 operators in over 30
countries, on five continents. These aircraft have transported more than 243
million passengers and have logged more than 3.8 million flight hours and
over 4.1 million take-offs and landings.

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