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04 November, 2022

Bombardier Reports Strong Third Quarter 2022 Results

Bombardier Reports Strong Third Quarter 2022 Results

Bombardier has reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2022, marked by solid revenues, a significant improvement in adjusted EBITDA(2), continued positive free cash flow(2) generation and a growing backlog that reflects strong order activity. The company also continued to reduce debt, with a further $100 million(5) reduction through cash on balance sheet. Order activity continued to be strong, marked with an increase in backlog and a unit book-to-bill(4) of 1.3. 

“Our performance in the third quarter of 2022 demonstrated that our fundamentals are very strong, especially when it comes to profitability, free cash flow(2), liquidity, as well as continued and steady debt reduction from our balance sheet. We are progressing steadily and confidently toward our long-term objectives,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier.

Solid Financial Performance from Operations in Third Quarter of 2022 
Revenues were at $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2022, with full-year deliveries on track for more than 120 aircraft(1). These include a 20% year-over-year increase in aftermarket revenues, which rose to $372 million, thanks to increase in flight hours, but also to the expansion of Bombardier’s service centres in strategic locations around the world.  

“Our most recent service centre inauguration in Florida strongly emphasizes the important contribution of the growing aftermarket business to our bottom line,” said Martel. “With the addition and expansions this year of our service centres and one more inauguration event to come in the United Kingdom this month, we have increased our service centre footprint by no less than 1 million square feet.” 

01 November, 2022

Bombardier has officially opened its new Miami-Opa Locka Service Centre.....

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Photo Bombardier 
Canadian business jet maker, Bombardier has officially opened its new Miami-Opa Locka Service Centre at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. 

The new facility plans to add close to 300 aerospace jobs in the community, including more than 225 highly skilled technicians. Once fully ramped up, the 300,000-square-foot facility will more than quadruple Bombardier’s current maintenance footprint in Florida and allow the company to transfer its service centre operations from Fort Lauderdale to the new one-of-a-kind customer service centre at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF).

“The U.S. is an important market for Bombardier with close to 3,000 aircraft in our fleet, and this highly-efficient facility provides a key focal point for customers based in the area, and those who will visit from as far as Latin America,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier. “Bombardier began this year by naming Wichita as our new headquarters in the U.S, and I am delighted to highlight this inauguration that significantly grows our footprint and employment base in Florida. The city of Miami is a vibrant, international hub of business and commerce and we can’t wait to welcome our customers to our new facility and see our employees continue to thrive and grow.”

Ralph Cutié, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director and CEO said: “Congratulations to Bombardier on the successful completion of its newest service centre, which has brought hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in private investment to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport and Miami-Dade County,”

Bombardier says the new facility is fully equipped to perform extensive and complete full-service scheduled and unscheduled heavy maintenance, paint enhancement services, aircraft modifications, avionics installations as well as Aircraft on Ground Support (AOG) for all Bombardier business aircraft ranges.  

Bombardier is also currently hiring additional maintenance technicians both in Florida and across its entire service network to support its recent expansions. 











18 October, 2022

Bombardier and Signature Aviation reach a multi-year agreement for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

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Bombardier and Signature Aviation have reached a multi-year agreement for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) quantities, utilizing the Book and Claim system, covering all of Bombardier’s flight operations starting in January 2023. The agreement is the first of this scope for a business aviation original equipment manufacturer (OEM).




The initiative will reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions associated with fuel use in Bombardier’s flight operations by approximately 25%, a significant gain.


“Bombardier already has a unique environmental advantage as our production facilities in Quebec are powered by cleaner hydroelectricity. We will drive our environmental stewardship even further by covering all our production flights with SAF through the new agreement with Signature Aviation,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy. “More of our customers are using SAF and so must Bombardier – we must all share in the responsibility for a sustainable future. We believe that taking action today allows us to have maximum impact on the sector as a whole and on the production of SAF.”

“Signature Renew’s Book & Claim program is business aviation’s most pragmatic approach to making the lowest overall carbon intensity SAF quickly and easily accessible,” explained Tony Lefebvre, Chief Executive Officer for Signature Aviation. “Over the last two years, Signature has grown our SAF supply points to 17 global airports, or around 10% of our total network of private aviation terminals. But until we reach the milestone of SAF at every one of our terminals’ fuel farms, Book & Claim gives critical coverage to gaps in supply while immediately taking greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere. Bombardier’s implementation of its ambitious sustainability plans demonstrates how any fleet operator, big or small, can tackle the challenge of their aircraft’s emissions through bulk carbon reductions, created right here in business aviation.”

30 September, 2022

Bombardier opens new Melbourne Service Centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia.


hoto Bombardier / CraigMoodiePhoto

Canadian business jet maker Bombardier has confirmed the grand opening of its new Melbourne Service Centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia. The new facility at full capacity,  will add 65 aerospace jobs in the community, including more than 48 highly skilled technicians and boost Bombardier’s customer service footprint in Asia-Pacific by some 50,000 square feet.

Australia is a key market for Bombardier with more than 80 aircraft in its Australian business fleet and this new, highly efficient facility will serve as an important gateway to Asia-Pacific, serving as a key focal point for customers in the region and for future growth prospects of the Bombardier fleet.

“The addition of the Melbourne Service Centre is the latest in a series of worldwide infrastructure investments aimed at enhancing Bombardier’s customer service capacity in line with our 2025 plan,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier. “In the past year, we have added close to one million square feet of service capacity in several key locations, solidifying our plan to bring more Bombardier jets home no matter where they operate.”

Earlier this year, Bombardier enhanced its customer service footprint in Asia-Pacific with the opening of the new Singapore Service Centre. Bombardier will soon celebrate the opening of its enhanced London Biggin Hill Service Centre in the UK, and later this year, will gather to highlight the opening of its new, state-of-the-art Service Centre at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.

Canadian business jet maker Bombardier has confirmed the grand opening of its new Melbourne Service Centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne Service Centre Opening - Hangar Inside Photo Bombardier / CraigMoodiePhoto
Customers at the new Melbourne Service Centre will benefit from a variety of service options, including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications, avionics installations and AOG support for Bombardier’s dynamic family of aircraft – including the newly introduced Global 8000 aircraft, the flagship of a new era. The facility will also boast a 4,000 sq. ft. parts depot.

“The new Melbourne Service Centre brings essential, specialized services for our customers, enabling us to continue to deliver the service excellence they have come to expect from Bombardier,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier. “Our new facility will provide infinite benefits, including quick aircraft turnarounds, greater convenience and OEM peace of mind to Bombardier’s growing customer base in Australia.”

The creation of the new facility also underscores the steadfast commitment of the team from the Essendon Fields Airport as well as the Victoria Government, which has supported Bombardier’s development of the service centre and its growth plan.

“Partnering with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of business aircraft for its new facility is evidence of Essendon Fields’ continued investment in creating a centre of excellence for general aviation here in Victoria. There are more business jets based here than anywhere in the country, and Bombardier’s commitment cements Essendon Fields as Australia’s home of business aircraft,’’ said Brendan Pihan, CEO of Essendon Fields.

The new Melbourne Service Centre also aptly illustrates Bombardier’s comprehensive global customer service commitment to provide the best customer service experience in business aviation today.







26 September, 2022

Bombardier Celebrates Entry-into-service of Challenger 3500 Launch Customer Aircraft

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Bombardier announced last week that its new award-winning Challenger 3500 business jet, destined for the program’s launch customer, Les Goldberg, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Technology Partners, has entered into service. Mr Goldberg, a long-time Bombardier customer, was previously announced as the launch customer for the new super mid-size aircraft at NBAA 2021 and will take ownership of the aircraft later this year.

The latest evolution in the highly successful Challenger lineage, the Challenger 3500 aircraft offers many of the features of the company’s ultra-luxurious Global family as standard equipment, including Bombardier’s stylish and exclusive Nuage seat. The aircraft’s advanced design also prioritizes passenger wellness, with a dramatically lower cabin-pressure altitude that engenders a more pervasive sense of comfort and well-being.

“Our Challenger 3500 business jet is clearly the right aircraft for today. Customers are impressed by the aircraft's elevated experience, from the comfort and sustainability of its cabin to cost efficiency to reliability. And our teams have done an amazing job delivering this aircraft to market in less than a year since it was launched,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, of Bombardier. “We congratulate Mr Goldberg on being an early adopter of this ground-breaking aircraft, and we are delighted to share this proud milestone with him.”

20 September, 2022

Challenger 3500 wins top design award

Award-winning design  Photo Bombardier
Bombardier's newest business jet, the Challenger 3500 aircraft, has been honoured as the “Grand Winner” in the Industrial Design / Automotive & Transportation category at the 15th edition of the “Grands Prix du Design.” The international award recognizes excellence in design and celebrates the talented professionals who inspire through their creative vision. 

“I am delighted that the new Challenger 3500 aircraft has once again been recognized for its innovative and exceptional cabin design,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “Our talented team at Bombardier designed and crafted the industry-leading Challenger 3500 business jet for our discerning customers, offering them what they look for most in a business jet – an unprecedented cabin experience.”

Launched in 2021, the Challenger 3500 business jet is the industry’s best super mid-size jet and the latest evolution of Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger platform. The new Challenger 3500 aircraft introduces a redesigned cabin interior unlike any other in a medium-category business jet, combining intelligent and sustainable cabin features that offer the ultimate in comfort and function. The Challenger 3500 business jet includes Bombardier’s exclusive and patented Nuage seat as part of the aircraft’s standard configuration. Other new baseline features include the industry’s first voice-controlled cabin to manage lighting, temperature and entertainment systems, the first wireless chargers available throughout the cabin, and the only 24-inch, 4K display in its class. In the cockpit, Bombardier introduced a standard-equipped autothrottle system to the Challenger 3500 flight deck.

10 August, 2022

Italian-based Air Corporate SRL to be the first European operator to offer the Challenger 3500 business jet

Canada's Bombardier has announced the sale of a Challenger 3500 business jet to Italian-based operator, Air Corporate SRL,  which will be the first company to offer the aircraft for charter in Europe.

“The new Challenger 3500 aircraft is the perfect charter solution for Air Corporate SRL and other flight departments, offering a truly seamless corporate travel experience,” said Ettore Rodaro, Regional Vice President, Sales, Europe, Bombardier. “With its impressive performance, consistent reliability and exceptionally smooth ride, the Challenger 3500 is the industry’s leading super mid-size business jet.”

“We’re thrilled to be adding the new Challenger 3500 aircraft to our fleet,” said Roano Grandi, President, Air Corporate SRL, alongside Jacopo Foroni, CFO and Paolo Serini, COO. “This exceptional aircraft provides us with an outstanding option to further enhance our charter business and provide our discerning customers with an exceptional private aircraft experience at every level.”

One of Italy’s leading aircraft management firms with eight locations throughout the country, Air Corporate SRL’s crews and logistical teams are dedicated to exceeding customer's expectations – and the new Challenger 3500 business jet will take centre stage as the preferred choice for Air Corporate SRL customers’ luxury travel experiences.

05 July, 2022

Air France takes delivery of its 10th Airbus A220-300


The Paris-based Air France continues to integrate the latest-generation aircraft into its fleet with the addition of its 10th Airbus A220 plane, formally known as the Bombardier CSeries. 

The tenth A220-300

A mini-milestone was reached with the arrival of its 10th Airbus A220-300, the latest jewel in its medium-haul fleet. The aircraft, with registration number F-HZUJ, left the Airbus assembly line in Mirabel (Quebec) to join Paris-Charles de Gaulle, where it will operate the company’s short and medium-haul flights. It operated its first commercial flight to Venice, today 5th July 2022.

The aircraft sports its new name “Auvers-sur-Oise” at the front of its fuselage, in reference to the town north of Paris which is internationally known for the landscape and impressionist painters Paul Cézanne, Camille Corot and Vincent Van Gogh. The Dutch painter spent his last days in Auvers-sur-Oise during a period of intense creativity.

Since 2019 and the delivery of its first Airbus A350, Air France has revived the tradition of naming its aircraft after French towns. Auvers-sur-Oise is the 96th town to be honoured on the company’s aircraft.

Between now and the end of 2025, 60 A220-300s will gradually replace some of Air France’s medium-haul aircraft. With up to 15 deliveries scheduled each year, this is the fastest fleet integration of an aircraft in the history of Air France.


An aircraft boasting an improved economic and environmental performance


The most innovative and efficient single-aisle aircraft in its category, the Airbus A220-300 is perfectly suited to Air France’s short and medium-haul network. It provides a cost reduction per seat of 10% compared to the Airbus A318 and A319 and stands out for its energy efficiency, consuming 20% less fuel than the aircraft it replaces and its CO2 emissions are also reduced by 20%. Its noise footprint is also 34% lower.


These characteristics will play a decisive role in reducing Air France’s environmental footprint and achieving its sustainable development objectives.


Within the framework of its “Air France ACT” programme, the company is targeting a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030 compared to 2019. This target excludes so-called “offsetting” actions in order to exclusively take into account measures that strictly reduce direct and indirect emissions.

Heading for Europe


This summer, the Air France Airbus A220-300 serves Berlin, Hamburg and Munich (Germany), Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Bologna, Rome, Naples and Venice (Italy), Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Copenhagen (Denmark), Athens (Greece), Helsinki (Finland), Vienna (Austria), Warsaw (Poland) and Stockholm (Sweden) on departure from the Air France hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. 



Optimal comfort on board


This aircraft has 148 seats, in a 3-2 seat configuration offering 80% of customers a window or aisle seat. The seat is the widest of the market for single-aisle aircraft. It is reclining and features an adjustable headrest, leather upholstery and an ergonomic seat cushion for enhanced comfort. A wide solid tray table, cup holder, a pouch for storing magazines and books, individual USB A and C ports and a tablet or smartphone holder integrated into the backrest complete the package.

The cabin, the most spacious and brightest in its category, is decorated in the Air France signature colours – shades of blue, a strong presence of white providing light and contrast, and a hint of red symbolising the airline’s excellence and know-how. The central aisle is particularly wide, allowing customers to move about at ease. The carpet revisits the traditional ornamental herringbone pattern, symbolizing the emblematic Haussmann-inspired world of Parisian apartments. Large panoramic windows provide natural light for the duration of the trip. Finally, the spacious baggage racks are easy to access.







23 May, 2022

Bombardier Introduces Global 8000 Aircraft........


The Canadian firm Bombardier has unveiled its latest business jet offering, the Global 8000 which is said to be the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet, with the industry’s healthiest cabin for safety, comfort and performance.  The jet has a range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.94, making routes between Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles, London-Perth and many others all possible. 

“Today, Bombardier solidifies once more its position as the leader in business aviation with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”

The Global 8000 aircraft performed a demonstration flight in May 2021 with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle. The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane, repeatably achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015, a key step in enabling a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94 and becoming the fastest business jet in the world and the fastest in civil aviation since the Concorde. 

The Global 8000 business jet features a cabin in with the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 ft. It is also equipped with Bombardier’s Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the cleanest cabin air and the fastest fresh air replacement.


The new Global 8000 aircraft has an available Principal Suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the En-suite. Revolutionary cabin entertainment control and connectivity, the intuitive nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, Bombardier’s l’Opéra directional audio sound system and available 4K monitor, also ensure passengers will receive an unrivalled cabin experience.

In the cockpit, the Global 8000 aircraft features the renowned Bombardier Vision flight deck with its next-generation fly-by-wire technology and blend of cutting-edge avionics with exceptional ergonomics and aesthetics for remarkable comfort and control.


 



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30 March, 2022

Bombardier delivered its 100th Global 7500 business jet and VistaJet’s 10th

Yesterday, Canadian planemaker, Bombardier celebrated a major milestone in deliveries of its Global 7500 business jet. The firm handed over the keys to VistaJet's 10th example of the fleet which was all the 100th aircraft.

Thomas Flohr, VistaJet’s Founder and Chairman said: “We are extremely proud of this landmark moment with Bombardier, as we grow our Global 7500 fleet and meet the growing demand for ultra-long-range solutions. VistaJet is committed to a sustainable aviation future and supporting the global business industry with this expansion. Our enhanced product offering onboard the Global 7500 also guarantees that our clients, whether business or leisure travellers are given the best and most seamless flying experience. We look forward to welcoming more Members and supporting the business world as our growing fleet of Global 7500 aircraft opens a new era for long-haul private travel.”

Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer adds: “I am thrilled to celebrate the 100th delivery of the Global 7500 aircraft with our valued customer, VistaJet. VistaJet recognized early on that this aircraft would transform the business jet industry and the enormous success of Bombardier’s Global 7500 in transforming the private aviation industry. I would like to thank our teams in Montréal, Toronto and Wichita for designing, building and testing this amazing feat of technology. It’s thanks to their talent and dedication that this aircraft has raised the bar for excellence in this sector.”

VistaJet’s Global 7500 fleet has already completed a number of incredible non-stop flights, including São Paulo to the Maldives (15 hours 43 minutes flight time), Los Angeles to Hong Kong (14 hours 50 minutes), St Maarten to Seychelles (14 hours 45 minutes), Phuket to Vancouver (13 hours 50 minutes), Liège to Jakarta (13 hours 30 minutes), Honolulu to Helsinki (13 hours 30 minutes) and many from the Middle East — including Abu Dhabi to Washington DC (13 hours 50 minutes), Abu Dhabi to Sydney (13 hours 30 minute flight time) and Abu Dhabi to New York (13 hours 10 minutes).









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07 March, 2022

Bombardier has suspended all activities with Russian clients........statement on Ukraine......



The Canadian firm Bombardier has issued a statement on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine following the unprovoked Russian invasion and aggression. 

The entire Bombardier team continues to be deeply saddened by the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and Europe. As a company with deep roots in communities around the world, we are first and foremost concerned with the loss of human life and the toll this conflict is taking on families. We would like to reiterate our condolences to everyone who has suffered loss over the past days. We will do our part, in any way possible, to help the governments around the world pursue an end to this horrific conflict.

Bombardier has suspended all activities with Russian clients, including all forms of technical assistance. We will continue to adhere to international laws, regulations and sanctions, as they evolve.

Furthermore, Bombardier and the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation have jointly pledged $150,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, and we encourage our team members on all continents to also donate to worthy humanitarian causes supporting victims of this conflict around the world. Bombardier is first and foremost a people-centric company, built around upholding our collective morals and values, and we will continue to seek opportunities to further address the humanitarian crisis as well as promote peace.

The Canadian aviation firm is focused on designing, manufacturing and servicing of business jets of the Challenger and Global aircraft families. There is a worldwide fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals. Bombardier aircraft are also trusted around the world in special-mission roles.





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13 November, 2021

FAI has obtained supplementary type certification (STC) for the EpiShuttle on the aircraft type CL-600

FAI has obtained supplementary type certification (STC) for the EpiShuttle on the aircraft type CL-600. Photo: FAI Air Ambulance.

FAI has obtained supplementary type certification (STC) for the EpiShuttle on the aircraft type CL-600 after undergoing comprehensive tests on flammability, rapid decompression, and patient evacuation. The test was passed without any complaints or remarks.

Since FAI has installed the EpiShuttle in the Bombardier Challenger 604 on a Spectrum Aeromed MedBase with a fixed adaption to a Spectrum Aeromed Cargo Stretcher, they no longer considered the EpiShuttle to be “loose equipment” compared to other mobile medical equipment.

Due to this FAI wanted to obtain an STC for the CL-600-2B16 aircraft that included the EpiShuttle.

- We are glad to see that FAI has obtained STC for the CL-600-2B16 aircraft, an excellent aircraft for the transfer of infected patients with the EpiShuttle. We appreciate all time and resources the brilliant team at FAI Air Ambulance has put into the certification process. This shows that the EpiShuttle meets the requirements for an STC, says Ellen Cathrine Andersen, CEO in EpiGuard.

Passed comprehensive testing


FAI in coordination with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and a development company defined the requirements for the STC and necessary test procedures were developed.

27 October, 2021

United to operate shuttle link between Newark Liberty and Reagan National from 31st October with two class CRJ-550


United Airlines has confirmed it will launch a new nearly hourly shuttle service between New York/Newark Liberty International Airport and Reagan National Airport from 31st October.  The mega-carrier is also adding five new flights between LaGuardia Airport and Washington Dulles Airport. In total, United will operate about 32 flights each day between the NYC and D.C. areas, a 78% increase and the most flights of any other airline.

United Airlines is also giving all of its New York City customers an upgrade: starting October 31, all of the airline's departures from New York/Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport will include a first-class option, including the 737 MAX-8 and the CRJ-550 – the world's first 50-seat regional jet with first-class seats and amenities. United will now offer over 7,000 premium seats to customers in New York City, more than any other airline, and the most in the airline's history.


"By flying spacious, modern planes out of the New York City area, we're not only giving our customers more flexibility and choice but we're also delivering a reliable, premium experience overall," said Ankit Gupta, Senior Vice President of Domestic Planning and United Express. "Our customers who regularly travel between Washington, D.C., and New York have told us they value convenience and comfort above all else, and United is committed to providing the high level of service they're asking for."

United's CRJ-550 is the world's first 50-seat regional aircraft designed to offer first class seats and amenities. Originally designed to seat 70 plus passengers, United's CRJ-550 configuration maximizes customer comfort and has revolutionized the regional flying experience with features like:

18 September, 2021

Bombardier introduces the New Challenger 3500 aircraft

  • New aircraft offers innovative technology features from cockpit to cabin that further define Challenger’s leadership status
  • Fully redesigned Challenger 3500 aircraft cabin introduces Bombardier’s revolutionary Nuage seat and has a lower cabin altitude
  • Newest member of the renowned Challenger family is designed through a sustainable lens in line with Bombardier’s environmental objectives
  • Entry-into-service is expected in the second half of 2022

The Canadian firm Bombardier has released details of the new sustainably designed Challenger 3500 aircraft. The latest evolution of Bombardier’s hugely successful Challenger platform was unveiled at a worldwide virtual launch.


 
The next-generation Challenger 3500 aircraft, the evolution of the Challenger 350 aircraft, introduces a redesigned interior with intelligent and sustainably minded cabin features crafted to combine comfort with function. Further elevating the passenger experience, Bombardier’s exclusive and patented Nuage seat is included in the aircraft’s standard configuration – the first time a seat of this calibre is available in the super mid-size segment. As part of an overall focus on passenger wellness, this new business jet will provide a reduced cabin altitude of 4,850 ft at 41,000 ft, representing a 31% improvement compared to its predecessor.

27 August, 2021

Bombardier delivers another Global Bizz Jet or Saab’s GlobalEye Airborne Surveillance solution

Canadian firm Bombardier has delivered a fifth Global business jet at Swedish defence supplier Saab’s Linköping, Sweden, location, ready for conversion into Saab’s Airborne Early Warning and Control solution known as GlobalEye. 

The aircraft was delivered to Saab from Bombardier’s Toronto manufacturing site and underwent interiour completions work at Flying Colours Corp. in Peterborough, Ontario, prior to arriving in Sweden.

“Bombardier Global aircraft are ideally suited for conversion into specialized assets, and we are recognized around the world for our collaborative, flexible approach and unparalleled expertise,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President, Specialized Aircraft, Bombardier. “Our Global 6000 aircraft and increasingly its successor, our Global 6500 aircraft, are known as the go-to platforms for high-altitude, long-endurance missions that require significant payload capability with ample available power, hosted on a reliable platform featuring advanced avionics and systems technology. Bombardier’s signature smooth flight technology provides a comfortable environment for operators and highly stable platform for sensors.”

“Saab partners with industry leaders, which is why we chose Bombardier’s Global 6000 aircraft as the platform for our advanced Airborne Early Warning and Control solution. We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Bombardier and Canadian industry,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Surveillance.

16 July, 2021

Sundt Air adds third Bombardier Challenger to its fleet


Canadian manufacturer Bombardier and Sundt Air announced this week the recent delivery of a brand-new Challenger 350 business jet. 

Sundt Air is the largest business aircraft operator in Norway and manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, midsize and super-midsize aircraft in Europe. The Challenger 350 business jet continues to take centre stage as the preferred choice for Sundt Air’s luxury travel experiences.

Sundt Air, an executive charter, aircraft management, and special mission company based in Norway, will manage the Challenger 350 business jet out of Oslo. The aircraft will be available for charter starting in July 2021.

“As the largest operator of business jets in Norway, we are thrilled to add another Challenger 350 aircraft to our fleet,” said Tor Bratli, CEO, Sundt Air. “Our customers appreciate the Challenger 350 jet’s ideal combination of optimal performance and superior cabin comfort.”


From Western Europe, the Challenger 350 business jet can take eight passengers nonstop all the way to North America or fly from Oslo to Dubai. Its runway agility enables it to operate from highly sought-after European destinations such as Lugano and Cannes and from short runways, such as in Gstaad, Switzerland.

 In 2019, the Challenger 350 aircraft successfully completed a record speed flight from Gstaad to Malaga, Spain, completing the mission in two hours and four minutes at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.82. The Challenger 350 aircraft is also certified for the steep approach into London City Airport.



 





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01 July, 2021

Large business jet order for Bombardier

Photo Bombardier 

A massive 10 aircraft order has been announced by Canadian firm Bombardier who says the value is $451.8 million at list prices.  The bizjet manufacturer has remained tight-lipped about the customer, the exact makeup of the order or the true price being paid, all they have said is the order comes from an existing customer. 

Apparently, the buyer wasn't to keep it quiet for competitive reasons, which, is sometimes code for a tax dodge or share buyback schemes to be completed.

“We are filled with pride as we announce the year’s largest business jet order,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “Our portfolio ideally responds to the growing interest in private aviation, with spacious, high-performing aircraft that are designed to offer the best passenger experience in terms of convenience, comfort, air quality and a smooth ride.”


Bombardier also announced today that two Global 7500 aircraft were handed over to two different Canadian customers, marking the first deliveries of the flagship business jet in Canada. Both aircraft will be managed and offered for charter by leading Canadian aircraft services provider, Chartright Air Group, and will be based at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.




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21 June, 2021

Bombardier Delivers First Global 7500 Aircraft in Indonesia

Photo Matthias Geiger

Bombardier has announced it has delivered the first Global 7500 business jet to a client in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

There is now a fleet of more than 50 Global 7500 aircraft flying in the world today in multiple countries including Japan, Australia, Taiwan and Malaysia.

“Global aircraft are designed to deliver the ultimate in luxury, performance and smooth ride over
long-distance flights, making them ideally suited to customers in the Asia-Pacific region who are looking to connect far-flung city pairs,” said Nilesh Pattanayak, Regional Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, Bombardier. “The ultra-long-range Global 7500 aircraft opens up a world of possibilities for convenient and productive travel.”

Bombardier has so far refused to say who the client is that has purchased this latest business jet, which has a range of around 7,700 nautical miles, so it could take passengers non-stop from Jakarta to Seattle! 

All Bombardier Global aircraft are equipped with Pũr Air, a sophisticated air purification and circulation system with an advanced and scientifically proven HEPA filter, capturing up to 99.99% of allergens, bacteria and viruses.

Bombardier is significantly expanding its customer service footprint in the Asia-Pacific region with the creation of a state-of-the-art customer service centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia. The facility is targeted to be operational in 2022. Meanwhile, the ambitious expansion of Bombardier’s Singapore Service Centre is ongoing. 




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15 June, 2021

Luxair “Be pride. Be Luxembourg” aircraft lands at London City Airport

Photo London City Airport / Luxair


On June 11th a Luxair Bombardier Q400 aircraft, sporting a new special livery, celebrating pride month, landed at London City Airport.
 
The new livery was designed in partnership with the Luxembourg association Rosa Lëtzebuerg, which has been actively fighting for the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community since 1996. The fuselage and cabin interior decoration now bear the rainbow colours of the pride flag. With its "Be pride. Be Luxembourg", Luxair will spread the message of inclusiveness throughout Europe. 


Luxair decided to partner with Rosa Lëtzebuerg and show its support to the LGBTIQ+ community with well-defined activities, both internally and externally, and to convey, once again, a clear message, which encourages everyone to express their true personality and live their identity freely.


Photo London City Airport / Luxair
Luxair is also launching a range of products to commemorate the event and encourages everyone to wear the Luxair colours for Luxembourg Pride Week, which will take place in Esch-sur-Alzette from the 3rd to 11th July 2021. Among the products offered, customers will be able to discover: mugs, thermal bottles, T-Shirts, pins and "remove before flight" key rings. They will be available as of June 2nd, in the Luxair Travel Stores, in the departure hall at Luxembourg Airport and in Munsbach, 25 rue Gabriel Lippmann, Munsbach. All profits from these sales will be donated to the Rosa Lëtzebuerg association.

04 June, 2021

US Air Force orders another Global 6000 aircraft with options for 5 more

A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node-equipped E-11A aircraft rolls out on the flight line at Hanscom Air Force Base   Photo by Mark Herlihy

Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier announced on Thursday that its Learjet subsidiary had entered into a contract with U.S. Air Force in support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) programme for another Global 6000 aircraft. Plus an option on as many as five additional aircraft.

Bombardier has already delivered four Global aircraft to the U.S. Air Force since 2007 for the BACN programme, an airborne relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems. BACN aircraft are known in the U.S. Air Force as the E-11A.

“Bombardier is proud to be chosen once again by the U.S. Air Force to provide our high-performing Global aircraft and our unique expertise in support of the BACN programme,” said Michel Ouellette, Executive Vice President, Specialized Aircraft, Programmes and Engineering, Bombardier. “Our U.S.-based employees are honoured to be lending their skills in support of this elite project.”

Because of its flexible deployment options and ability to operate at high altitudes, BACN allows air and surface forces to overcome communications difficulties caused by mountains, rough terrain, or distance. BACN provides critical information to all operational echelons, which increases situational awareness by correlating tactical and operational air and ground environments. 




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