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Bombardier’s Newest Challenger Jet Models Surpass Significant Delivery Milestones

 

  • Challenger 350 aircraft surpass 200 deliveries, as the Challenger 650 business jet marks 50th delivery
  • Category-defining Challenger 300 series aircraft now count more than 650 deliveries overall, making it the most delivered aircraft of last decade;
    Challenger 600 series jets now approaching 1,100 deliveries 
  • Significant milestones confirm the unrivalled capabilities, smooth ride and strong market acceptance of Bombardier’s best-selling business jets
  • Challenger aircraft have the lowest direct operating costs in their segments and longer maintenance intervals

Montreal, December 6, 2017 – Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its industry-leading Challenger aircraft accomplished two important delivery milestones in the past few months.    The super midsize Challenger 350 aircraft has surpassed 200 deliveries, and the more recently introduced large cabin Challenger 650 aircraft has exceeded the 50-delivery mark.
Thanks to their exceptional cabin comfort, connectivity and reliable performance, both Challenger models have proved a leading choice among private aviation customers, dominating their respective class.
“Achieving these significant delivery milestones is a testament to the unrivalled capabilities of our newest Challenger aircraft,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “No competitor comes close to the comfort and connectivity of the Challenger aircraft’s cabin, or to their class-leading economics and dependable performance in operation.   They simply deliver it all. It’s no surprise these aircraft are highly favoured by experienced flight departments and individuals around the world.”
Challenger 650 aircraft feature an advanced wing design that minimizes the effect of turbulence, resulting in a smoother ride from takeoff to landing. An unparalled smooth ride elevates the aircraft’s unmatched connectivity and cabin comfort to the next level.
Challenger series aircraft feature the latest in internet technology.    The Challenger 350 aircraft offer the fastest and most reliable air-to-ground internet coverage over North America available for business aircraft with high-speed 4G internet service technology.    With a true 4,000 NM (7,408 km) range capability, the Challenger 650 aircraft offers the revolutionary Ka-band high-speed internet system, the industry’s fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity with worldwide coverage*. Bombardier is the first and only OEM to offer the Ka-band system for business aircraft in the medium category.
The Challenger aircraft continue to define their categories with more than 650 deliveries for the Challenger 300 series and close to 1,100 deliveries for the Challenger 600 series.    Challenger aircraft have the lowest direct operating cost in their respective categories due to affordable maintenance programs and longer maintenance intervals than the competition. Bombardier’s new Smart Services offering, the most competitive cost-per-flight hour coverage, brings budget predictability to a whole new level with enhanced adaptability and greater customization. Enrollment is open to existing Bombardier customers and à-la-carte coverage now includes landing gear overhaul and unscheduled maintenance.
Challenger 350 aircraft: Designed with a no-compromise approach, the Challenger 350 aircraft effortlessly blends powerful performance and sleek styling to deliver an unrivalled private jet experience.    Industry-leading connectivity, immersive sound and ergonomically-positioned touch screens are seamlessly integrated to create an intuitive and incomparable cabin experience.    Paired with impressive high-performance attributes, the Challenger 350 aircraft is designed to access challenging airfields, climb faster, and cruise efficiently while providing a smooth ride. Standing the test of time, the Challenger 350 aircraft is the best-selling business jet platform of the last decade.
Challenger 650 aircraft: A masterful expression of high-end craftsmanship and functionality, the Challenger 650 aircraft is designed to be the most reliable business aircraft.    The Challenger 650 business jet provides the ultimate in-flight experience with industry-leading connectivity, an immersive sound system, and a cabin management system that effortlessly brings it all together in the widest in-class cabin.    Built upon the most successful large segment business aircraft platform of all time and designed to create a smooth ride and an unforgettable experience, the Challenger 650 aircraft is the most successful large business aircraft platform of all time.

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Bombardier to make thrust reverser for Airbus family of aircraft

 

Unions still concerned at US threat to Belfast job from possible import duties

 

Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has won a significant project from Airbus to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for one of its single-aisle jetliners.
Bombardier is set to become a key supplier on a new engine nacelle programme for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft which is powered by the Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G next generation engine.
The project will not create any immediate jobs or boost current staffing requirements at Bombardier’s Belfast operations because the thrust reverser is not scheduled for delivery for several years.    However, a team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the programme.
Bombardier, whose C Series family of aircraft also feature Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500 G engines, is an established supplier to Airbus, but its decision to award the thrust reverser project to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations helps underline the importance of a ground-breaking trade deal signed between Bombardier and Airbus just over two months ago.   The trade deal brought Bombardier and Airbus together as partners on the C Series aircraft programme, but Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier’s aerostructures and engineering services and in charge of its Northern Ireland operations, said at the time that the deal also represented an “opportunity” for Belfast to build on is existing supplier relationship with Airbus.   In Belfast on Monday, Stephen Addis, vice-president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures, highlighted how this was unfolding.   “This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market, and to focus on delivering innovative, higher-value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”

Import duties
Meanwhile trade unions are continuing to highlight the threat to Bombardier workers in the North from the US department of commerce and its plans to impose import duties of 300 per cent on each C Series aircraft sold in the US. More than 1,000 people are employed specifically on the C Series programme in the North.

Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has won a significant project from Airbus to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for one of its single-aisle jetliners.   Bombardier is set to become a key supplier on a new engine nacelle programme for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft which is powered by the Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G next generation engine.
The project will not create any immediate jobs or boost current staffing requirements at Bombardier’s Belfast operations because the thrust reverser is not scheduled for delivery for several years.   However, a team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the programme.
Bombardier, whose C Series family of aircraft also feature Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500 G engines, is an established supplier to Airbus, but its decision to award the thrust reverser project to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations helps underline the importance of a ground-breaking trade deal signed between Bombardier and Airbus just over two months ago.     The trade deal brought Bombardier and Airbus together as partners on the C Series aircraft programme, but Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier’s aerostructures and engineering services and in charge of its Northern Ireland operations, said at the time that the deal also represented an “opportunity” for Belfast to build on is existing supplier relationship with Airbus.      In Belfast on Monday, Stephen Addis, vice-president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures, highlighted how this was unfolding.
“This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market, and to focus on delivering innovative, higher-value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”
Import duties

Meanwhile trade unions are continuing to highlight the threat to Bombardier workers in the North from the US department of commerce and its plans to impose import duties of 300 per cent on each C Series aircraft sold in the US. More than 1,000 people are employed specifically on the C Series programme in the North.
Workers and union leaders from Bombardier’s five production sites in Northern Ireland will gather at Belfast City Hall to ask councillors to back their campaign to safeguard local jobs.
The US department of commerce is expected to publish its final decision on the proposed tariffs on December 19th.

South Africa’s CemAir finalizes Q400 order

 

South Africa’s CemAir has finalized an order for two new Bombardier Q400 turboprops, which was announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show.   The order is valued at $66 million based on list prices.
The Johannesburg-based carrier also signed the lease of a used Q400 that was delivered this month, paving the way for the new aircraft to be delivered afterward.   “CemAir has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years and this has come from our focused approach on selecting the right aircraft for our operation,” CemAir CEO Miles van der Molen said.     “The Q400 is a fantastic performer especially in our environment of high altitudes and hot operating temperatures.”
With these Q400 aircraft, CemAir would increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17—including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft.    CemAir recently added a used CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet, the first in South Africa.