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Bombardier’s Thought-provoking Safety Standdown 2019 Shines the Light on Elevating Standards, Introduces New Aviation Safety Practices

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  • Prominent safety event promotes lifelong learning to disseminate the latest safety knowledge available throughout the industry
  • 23rd edition of Bombardier’s Safety Standdown marks almost a quarter century of aviation safety stewardship
  • New workshops/presenters focus on human factors in aviation safety, automation and airmanship, fatigue management/alertness assessment, and much more

MONTREAL, Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier’s 23rd annual Safety Standdown, one of the most comprehensive safety conferences in the aviation industry, is set for November 12-14 in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s theme, “Elevate Your Standards,” prompts aviation professionals and organizations to establish new standards to put them on the path to a safer, more productive future.

“For two decades, Bombardier has led the industry in knowledge-based aviation training through this dynamic event and this year’s theme will most certainly prompt attendees to raise their games to develop a new standards paradigm,” said Andy Nureddin, Vice President, Customer Support, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “In close to a quarter century of sponsoring Safety Standdown, our goal has been to foster a community of aviation professionals who are committed to lifelong learning and to disseminating higher standards of safety and professionalism throughout the industry.”

More than 450 aviation professionals are registered for this year’s event with hundreds more expected to participate online. As of 2018, more than 10,000 corporate, commercial and military aviation professionals have attended Safety Standdown seminars around the world. And while registration for the free event has yet again reached capacity, aviation professionals are invited to watch the event live via webcast highlighting select sessions of interest, and interact with prominent presenters via live text. In line with this year’s theme, Safety Standdown 2019 will focus not only on how to set, implement and measure high standards, but also on how to systematically elevate standards to entirely new levels.

Dr. Daniel Mollicone, an internationally recognized leader in the field of fatigue risk management, is one of a range of influential authors, university professors and industry experts who will be on hand to share ways to establish objective quantitative standards to assess pilot alertness. Among several high-profile returning speakers are Chris Lutat of Convergent Performance and author of Automation Airmanship, who will challenge attendees to apply his Nine Principles of Automation Airmanship to the aircraft, airspace and aircrew. Also returning in 2019 is the popular Dr. Tony Kern, a retired Lt. Col. with the U.S. Air Force. In “Levitation is Not a Magic Trick: High Performance at the Merge,” Dr. Kern will look at what it takes to elevate standards. Captain U.S. Navy (Retired) Al Gorthy is also back, challenging attendees in his presentation, “What Defines You,” to achieve excellence through continuous improvement.

Admission to Safety Standdown has, throughout the years, remained free to all aviation professionals as safety is a top commitment to the flying public. Next year’s event will be held in Wichita, Kansas.

About Safety Standdown
Originally conceived in 1996 as a human factors safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly garnered a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 1999, in response to growing interest within the industry, Bombardier opened the seminar to all pilots. In 2010, Safety Standdown expanded beyond the seminars into a year-round global human factors program offering online resources. Since 1996, more than 10,000 corporate, commercial and military aviation professionals have attended Safety Standdown seminars worldwide, live and through the webcast, including in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Switzerland and the USA.

Bombardier keeps 2019 delivery goal as 7500 production ramps up

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31 October by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston, FlightGlobal.com

Bombardier remains confident it will reach its goal of delivering 175 to 180 aircraft in 2019, though the Montreal-based airframer must significantly boost aircraft handoffs to achieve that goal.

The company had delivered 117 aircraft in the first nine months of the year, including 90 business jets and 27 commercial aircraft, equating to a rate of 39 aircraft quarterly.

But those deliveries included 20 Q400 turboprops – a programme Bombardier sold to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada in June.

The company will need to deliver 58 aircraft in the fourth quarter to reach hit the 175 mark before year end.

Speaking during the company’s third-quarter earnings call on 31 October, Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare said the airframer is “on plan” to hit the 175-180 aircraft-delivery goal.

Those deliveries will likely include at least 15 of the company’s largest business jet, the Global 7500, he says, adding that Bombardier has a number of 7500s approaching completion.

“We now have over 20 Global 7500s in our completion centre,” says Bellemare. “Our assembly operation in Toronto is also full, with over 20 aircraft at different stages of completion.”

Bombardier’s aviation unit generated $1.6 billion in third quarter revenue, up 4% year-on-year, though the unit’s profit before interest and taxes slipped 27% to $96 million.

In the third quarter, the company delivered 37 aircraft, including 31 business jets and six CRJ regional jets. It delivered 36 aircraft during the same period of 2018.

Bombardier’s business aircraft order backlog was worth $15.3 billion at the end of the third quarter, up about 7% year-on-year. Its commercial aircraft backlog stood at $2.6 billion at the end of September.

The company is progressing with the sale of the CRJ programme to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a deal Bombardier expects will close in the first half of 2020.

Bombardier holds outstanding orders for 28 CRJs and expects CRJ production will cease in the second half of next year. The airframer has said it is not taking new CRJ orders.

Also on 31 October, Bombardier announced it plans to sell significant aerospace assets to Wichita-based aircraft fuselage and major component manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems.

Under the deal, Spirit will purchase Bombardier’s aerostructures and aftermarket assets in Belfast, where the company makes A220 wings, and facilities in Casablanca and Dallas. Spirit will pay $500 million for the assets, and Bombardier expects the deal will close in the first half of 2020.

That sale reflects Bombardier ongoing shift away from commercial aviation and toward increased focus on business aircraft.

“We achieved another key milestone to building a lean, efficient and strong Bombardier business aircraft enterprise,” Bellemare says.

Bombardier Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell Aerostructures Business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc.

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  • Sale of aerostructures business supports Aviation transformation, refocuses on business aviation and strengthens liquidity
  • Expected cash proceeds of $500 million plus the assumptions of liabilities
  • Transaction implies enterprise value to 2019E EBITDA multiple of approximately 10x
     

All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

MONTREAL, Oct. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today announced a definitive agreement to sell its aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc. (Spirit), supporting Bombardier’s strategic decision to focus on its two strong growth pillars, trains and business aircraft.

With this transaction, Spirit will acquire Bombardier’s aerostructures activities and aftermarket services operations in Belfast, U.K.; Casablanca, Morocco; and its aerostructures maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Dallas, U.S. for a cash consideration of $500 million and the assumption of liabilities with a total carrying value in excess of $700 million, including government refundable advances and pension obligations. Following the transaction, Spirit will continue to supply structural aircraft components and spare parts to support the production and in-service fleet of Bombardier Aviation’s Learjet, Challenger and Global families of aircraft.

2019 revenues for these activities are expected to be approximately $1.0 billion, while generating adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 12%. On this basis, the transaction implies an enterprise value to EBITDA multiple of approximately 10x.

The transaction follows the formation of Bombardier Aviation earlier this year and streamlines Bombardier’s aerostructures footprint to focus on core capabilities in Montreal, Mexico and its Global 7500 wing operations in Texas. The transaction also further strengthens Bombardier’s liquidity as it moves toward the deleveraging phase of the turnaround. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2020 and remains subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

“This transaction represents another strategic milestone in the reshaping of our portfolio to focus on our strong business aircraft and rail franchises,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.  “We are confident that Spirit’s acquisition of these aerostructures assets is the best outcome for customers, employees and shareholders, and we are committed to ensuring a smooth and orderly transition.”

Bombardier Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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  • Consolidated revenues of $3.7 billion, representing 8% organic growth(1)
  • Consolidated adjusted EBITDA(2) and adjusted EBIT(2) of $255 million and $159 million, respectively; $143 million of reported EBIT
  • Free cash flow usage(2) of $682 million, supporting Global 7500 and Transportation ramp-up; $557 million operating cash flow usage
  • Clear roadmap to full year revenues, earnings(4) and free cash flow guidance supported by planned fourth quarter delivery schedules at Aviation and Transportation(3)

All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. Amounts in tables are in millions except per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated.

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its third quarter 2019 financial results, highlighting continued progress on its turnaround.

Among its achievements in the third quarter, Bombardier obtained Transport Canada and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its new Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft, with the Global 6500 also entering service. Bombardier Transportation made steady progress addressing its challenging projects, while also growing and improving the quality of its backlog.

Bombardier’s consolidated revenues for the quarter were $3.7 billion, representing 8% organic growth year-over-year, driven mainly by a favourable delivery mix of large business aircraft and progress on rail projects. Order activity remained solid in the quarter, and the Company reported strong backlogs at Transportation and for business aircraft of $35.1 billion and $15.3 billion, respectively.

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT for the quarter were $255 million and $159 million, respectively. Adjusted EBIT margin in Aviation was 6.0%, in line with expectations and driven by Global 7500 aircraft ramp-up and the dilutive effect of commercial aircraft activities. Adjusted EBIT margin in Transportation was 5.1%, reflecting a concentration of large, late-stage projects and planned investments in manufacturing and engineering capacity announced earlier this year. On a reported basis, EBIT for the quarter was $143 million.

Free cash flow usage was $682 million for the quarter, reflecting the intense ramp-up of the Global 7500 production and lower cash inflows associated with train deliveries and milestones payments that have moved into the fourth quarter. Cash flows usage from operating activities during the quarter was $557 million.

The Company continues to expect full-year free cash flow usage to be approximately $500 million, driven by seasonally strong fourth quarter cash flows, the acceleration of Global 7500 deliveries and the partial release of excess working capital at Transportation.(3) As we move beyond short-term challenges, Bombardier is positioned for 2020 earnings(3) growth and positive cash flow generation.(3)(5)

“We continue to make progress driving our turnaround,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “At Aviation, the recent certification of our new Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft, and the outstanding in-service performance of our new Global 7500, highlight the strength of our business jet franchise. At Transportation, we are turning the corner. We are making steady progress working through our legacy projects, giving us confidence in our ability to deliver stronger financial performance.”

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SEGMENTED RESULTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Following the strategic formation of Bombardier Aviation, effective July 1, 2019, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services are reported under Aviation. Prior periods have been restated to reflect this new reporting structure. The Corporation’s interest in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (ACLP) is treated as a corporately held investment and therefore is not included in Aviation.

  • Revenues of $1.6 billion during the quarter reflect double-digit organic growth year-over-year (excluding the Q400 and training activities divestitures completed earlier this year), driven by the Global 7500, external aerostructures revenues and stronger aftermarket services.
  • Deliveries during the quarter totalled 37 aircraft, including 6 CRJ and 31 business aircraft. Revenue grew mainly because of a favourable mix of large business aircraft sales led by 2 Global 7500 deliveries and the entry into service of the first Global 6500 aircraft.
  • On September 24, 2019, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft were awarded Transport Canada Type Certification, followed by EASA certification. The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft showcase the ingenuity of innovation by bringing value to customers with segment-leading ranges and reduced operating costs.
  • As the pace of deliveries accelerates into the fourth quarter, Aviation is on track to reach 175 to 180 aircraft deliveries for the full-year on revenues of approximately $8.0 billion(3). Production ramp-up of the Global 7500 continues to make steady progress with an estimated 10 to 15 aircraft deliveries in the fourth quarter(3).
  • Order momentum remained healthy during the quarter for business aircraft, with backlog stable at an  industry-leading $15.3 billion. For the first nine months, business aircraft backlog increased by $1.0 billion.
  • Adjusted EBIT margin for the third quarter was 6.0% (6.2% EBIT margin), in line with expectations as the ramp-up of the Global 7500 aircraft and the dilutive effect of commercial aircraft activities weigh on Aviation margins. Year-to-date, adjusted EBIT margin was 7.6% (21.6% reported EBIT margin), tracking to full year margin guidance of 7.0%.(3)

Transportation

  • Transportation is gradually turning the corner on large, legacy projects as it makes progress against key project milestones.
    °  With deliveries increasing approximately 15% over the previous quarter, this progress positions the business to further accelerate the release of excess working capital starting in the fourth quarter and into 2020 and 2021.(3)
    °  To achieve this result, we are nearing completion of software testing and homologation for U.K. projects while completing production and we continue driving stronger in-service reliability in Switzerland and Germany to trigger customer acceptance of trains in operation.
    °  Longer term, the turnaround at Transportation is supported by the recent redeployment of resources, investments in additional capacity, and a strengthened management team, resting on a solid backlog and quality order intake. This drives our confidence in the long-term prospects of the business.
  • Revenues during the quarter totalled $2.2 billion, delivering 5% growth year-over-year, excluding currency translation, mainly coming from services. Transportation remains on track to the full year revenue guidance of approximately $8.75 billion,(3) assuming a 1.12 Euro to U.S. exchange rate.
  • Adjusted EBIT margin(3) for the quarter of 5.1% is in line with full year guidance of approximately 5.0%, reflecting a concentration of large, late-stage projects and includes the costs associated with planned investments in manufacturing and engineering capacity announced earlier this year. Reported EBIT margin for the quarter is 4.0%.
  • Backlog grew to $35.1 billion during the quarter, supported by $4.5 billion of order intake driving a book-to-bill ratio of 2.1. For the first nine months of the year, Transportation’s order intake was $8.1 billion, with a strong mix of high re-use projects, services and signalling orders as well as significant call-offs. Improving the backlog mix by replacing legacy projects with lower-risk projects is key to return to stronger financial performance.
    °  Highlighting the quarters’ order activity, Transportation is part of a consortium that was awarded a contract to supply and operate two monorail lines in Cairo, Egypt with its share valued at $2.64 billion. This award leverages Transportation’s INNOVIA monorail platform through an integrated offering of rolling stock and systems, signalling and services solutions. This project re-uses the platform operating in Sao Paulo, Brazil, since 2014 and currently under construction in Bangkok, Thailand and Wuhu, China.

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(1) Excluding divestitures and currency translation impact.
(2) Non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Caution regarding Non-GAAP financial measures below for definitions of these metrics and reconciliations to the most comparable IFRS measures.
(3) See the forward-looking statements disclaimer at the end of this press release as well as the forward-looking statements section in Overview and the Guidance and forward-looking statements section in each reportable segment in the Corporation’s 2018 Financial Report for details regarding the assumptions on which the guidance is based.
(4) Defined as adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT.
(5) Free cash flow target for 2020 excludes cash flow from the CRJ program, as well as payments associated with CRJ retained liabilities such as credit and residual value guarantees.
(6) Refer to Note 2 – Changes in accounting policies, to our interim consolidated financial statements, for the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16, Leases. Under the modified retrospective approach adopted by the Corporation, 2018 figures are not restated.
(7) Defined as cash and cash equivalents plus the amount available under our revolving credit facilities.
(8) Including 32 firm orders for CRJ900 as of September 30, 2019 and 45 firm orders and 4 options for CRJ900 as of December 31, 2018.
(9) On May 31, 2019, the Corporation completed the previously announced sale of the Q Series aircraft program assets, including aftermarket operations and assets, to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (formerly Longview Aircraft Company of Canada Limited). 2 Q Series aircraft deliveries are included in comparative period of 2018.
(10) Ratio of new orders over revenues.
(11) Including share of income from joint ventures and associates amounting to $20 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019 ($22 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018).

CAE expands training capabilities and its network for business aviation

Press Release from CAE Inc

  • SIMCOM purchases five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and five flight training devices (FTDs) from CAE’s latest product offering
  • CAE is adding new flight training devices and full-flight simulators to its network to support training needs for Bombardier, Dassault, and Embraer business jet platforms

Las Vegas, USA, October 22, 2019 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE announced today at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), additional capabilities for business aviation pilot training, including the expansion, renewal and launch of new training programs for Bombardier, Dassault, Gulfstream and Embraer aircraft platforms and the signing of the agreement with SIMCOM  for the purchase of training equipment from CAE’s latest product offering.

“CAE continues to invest in innovation and in providing business aviation pilots the most up-to-date training programs and network,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We are also committed to ongoing collaboration with our business partners, and we will continue to update our training centres dedicated to business aviation with the most advanced flight training devices, digital training capabilities and full-flight simulators to support the training needs of their business jet pilots.”

CAE currently provides business aviation pilot training in 8 locations worldwide, including CAE Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Centre, CAE Amsterdam, CAE Dallas, CAE Dubai Al Garhood – Emirates CAE Flight Training (ECFT), CAE London Burgess Hill, CAE Montreal, CAE New Jersey Morristown and in CAE Shanghai.

Launch of third Bombardier Global 7500* in CAE’s global training network

CAE will launch its third Bombardier Global 7500* business jet full-flight simulator (FFS) in 2021 outside of North America as part of its current Authorized Training Provider (ATP) agreement with Bombardier. CAE already offers Global 7500* aircraft training in CAE Montreal and in CAE Dallas training centres. CAE will finalize the deployment location of the third Bombardier Global 7500* FFS in the coming months.

Directional Aviation Capital (DAC) and SIMCOM acquisition update

As part of its soon to be formed partnership with Directional Aviation Capital (DAC), CAE announced that SIMCOM has purchased five CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators (FFSs) and five CAE 400XR Series flight training devices (FTDs) from CAE. These FFSs and FTDs include a Gulfstream G650, two Bombardier Challenger CL350s, one Embraer Phenom 300 and one Embraer Legacy 500 FFS. SIMCOM plans to install its new CAE training equipment in a new training centre which is under development in Lake Nona, Florida. It is expected that CAE’s SIMCOM share purchase transaction announced on August 29, 2019 will close prior to the end of 2019.

New capabilities in CAE Dallas

CAE will expand its Bombardier Learjet 75 training capabilities through the deployment of a CAE 500XR Series flight training device (FTD) in CAE Dallas. The CAE 500XR Series FTD allows for more flexibility in maintenance training, will have impressive handling characteristics and will feature the advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck, the Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade, and a dual-screen electronic flight display.

CAE also installed the new Dassault’s FalconEye Combined Vision System to its Falcon 900-2000 EASy EX series FFS which is now ready for training. Dassault’s FalconEye head up display (HUD) feature will allow for operational credit to use the HUD for landing while training.

Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS), a joint venture between Embraer and CAE, will increase its capacity for Embraer Phenom 100/300 training by adding an additional FFS to its Dallas training operations in 2020. The full-flight simulator will be equipped with CAE 7000XR technology, CAE Tropos™ 6000XR visual system and with the Garmin Prodigy Touch™ Avionics system.

Dassault renews CAE as an Authorized Training Provider

Dassault Aviation has also renewed CAE’s Certificate of Approval as an Authorized Training Provider in accordance with the Falcon Training Policy Manual (FTPM). This is the highest level of certification attainable by a flight training organization.

CAE currently provides training for all in-production Falcon aircraft, including the Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy and Falcon 2000EX EASy, as well as some earlier models such as the Falcon 50, 50EX, 2000, 900B and 900EX. CAE Dassault Falcon training programs are available in the Middle East, Europe and North America and are qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other regulatory authorities.

Bombardier Expands its Smart Services Offerings with Introduction of New APU Cost-per-flight-hour Option for Global 7500

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  • New Smart Services APU offering provides increased cost coverage for flagship Global 7500, giving customers increased peace of mind
  • Under Smart Services portfolio of programs, customers can add APU cost coverage to Smart Parts Plus or Smart Parts Preferred programs for their Global 7500
  • Global 7500 customers will benefit from Bombardier’s 30-plus years of OEM cost protection experience
  • Coverage of the airframe systems and Global 7500 APU is captured in one easy monthly payment

MONTREAL, Oct. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today announced the continued expansion of its Smart Services offerings with the introduction of a new APU cost-per-flight-hour add-on option for its flagship Global 7500 aircraft. This new option will provide customers with comprehensive cost coverage for the Safran SPU300 [BA] auxillary power unit, including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events on or off wing.

The Smart Services Global 7500 APU cost coverage option represents Bombardier’s continued commitment to evolve and refine its offerings to meet the needs of customers. Cost coverage includes exchange or repair of APU line replacement components and associated labour for removal and re-installation, off-wing APU repair at Bombardier designated repair centres, removal and re-installation labour for the APU on/off the aircraft, recommended service bulletins and more.

“We are committed to ensuring our customers get the best customer experience possible and this new offering for our flagship Global 7500 business jet provides flexibility and important peace of mind for customers of this incredible aircraft,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We’re continually expanding our network and services options to maximize the efficiency of our customers’ aircraft operations. We have also added thousands of parts to our network – as well as a two-year parts warranty, comprehensive price-matching policy and one simple monthly payment for the airframe systems and APU under Smart Services for the Global 7500 aircraft. This announcement exemplifies Bombardier’s commitment to provide customers with an ouststanding aftermarket service experience.”

With the longest running aircraft cost-per-flight-hour programs in aviation, Bombardier has gained invaluable customer feedback and experience to enhancing its growing portfolio of programs. The new Smart Services APU optional cost coverage is yet another addition to a range of optional add-ons available under Smart Part Plus or Smart Parts Preferred, such as landing gear overhaul and cabin systems components. Scheduled and unscheduled labour cost coverage can also be added under Smart Parts Preferred. With additional add-on choices, customers can tailor their selected program for their flight operations’ needs.

The introduction of the Global 7500 APU cost coverage is the latest in a cascade of customer service announcements over the past several months aimed at enhancing Bombardier’s customer service footprint in the U.S. and around the world. With major service centre expansions ongoing in both Miami Opa-Locka and Singapore, the development of new Line Maintenance Stations and Mobile Response Team enhancements, Bombardier continues to provide outstanding onsite, mobile and aircraft-on-ground resolution services for its customers.

Global 6500 Aircraft Shines in Las Vegas as it Makes Worldwide Debut at NBAA-BACE 2019

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  • The Global 6500 aircraft showcased for the first time on static display at the National Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)
  • The Global 6500 aircraft recently received Transport Canada certification and entered into service on September 30 
  • Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets offer exceptional passenger comfort and a stunning redesigned cabin with exclusive features that are as innovative as they are luxurious
  • Stellar lineup of Bombardier jets displayed at the convention, including the industry flagship Global 7500 business jet, the Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft as well as a full-size mock-up of the new Learjet 75 Liberty

MONTREAL, Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following the dramatic unveiling of the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft in 2018 at the European Business Aviation Convention in Geneva, Bombardier debuted less than 18 months later, the all-new Global 6500 aircraft, the latest addition to the award-winning and record-breaking Global family, at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining the Global 6500 aircraft, is a stellar lineup of Bombardier aircraft on static display, including the industry flagship, Global 7500 aircraft.

Bombardier’s Global 6500 aircraft celebration at the 2019 NBAA-BACE
Bombardier Aéronautique – Business Aircraft

“We are proud to present our lineup of extraordinary business jets in Las Vegas, particularly our new Global 6500 and Global 7500 business jets, which redefine the standard in the industry for unparalleled cabin comfort, advanced technology and unrivalled performance,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “Game-changing aircraft like these make for an aviation experience that is second to none, and the Bombardier team has set the bar to new heights when it comes to performance and on-time entry-into-service.”

The Pearl 15 engine, the latest addition to Rolls-Royce’s market-leading business aviation engine portfolio, was developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, and was custom-designed with the most advanced technology – including enhanced aerodynamics, blade cooling and advanced engine health monitoring systems – to power the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft. With the purpose-built engines, advanced wing design and built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned, the aircraft offer a superior safety and a smooth ride to its passengers.

The Global 6500 aircraft offers a stunning redesigned cabin with exclusive features that are as innovative as they are luxurious. The Global 6500 business jet also debuts the Nuage chaise, business aviation’s first and only lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the conference grouping table. Within the fluid lines of its exceptionally crafted architecture is a marvel of furniture engineering, meticulously designed to maximize comfort in flight. Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat is also exclusive to the new Global aircraft family. With its distinctive technology, the Nuage seat is ideally suited for long-range flights.

The new aircraft builds on the success of the Global 6000 aircraft by offering 600 nautical miles of additional range, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage, contributing to highly favorable operating costs versus smaller competing aircraft with less range. The Global 6500 aircraft can connect New York to Dubai, and Hong Kong to London. The aircraft also boasts superior agility, with the ability to access airports that others can’t, such as London City.

Bombardier Connects with GE to Go Big on Big Data, Offers Free “Smart” Box for Challenger, Global Customers

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  • GE Aviation named Bombardier’s fleet-wide connectivity Preferred Service Provider (PSP), offering new tailored bundles giving customers versatility and simpler options
  • Smart Link Plus box* will connect aircraft to generate key data, enabling operators to make data-driven decisions and maximize their operational efficiency
  • GE Aviation also supporting Bombardier in hardware and software development for the Smart Link Plus program, launching in 2020
  • Bombardier’s digital ecosystem will establish aircraft health management capability at customers’ fingertips enabling data-driven decisions

MONTREAL, Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today announced a Preferred Service Provider (PSP) agreement with GE Aviation. As of today, GE will power Bombardier’s cockpit and cabin connectivity solutions – including new, curated, service bundles that will simplify the selection of cockpit and cabin services with tip-to-tail solutions for new and in-service aircraft. This agreement is a first step toward the launch of Bombardier’s comprehensive Smart Link Plus connected aircraft program. Launching in the second half of 2020, Smart Link Plus will help Bombardier customers drive operations and maintenance decisions by leveraging fleet-wide data.

GE Aviation is also working closely with Bombardier on the development of the Smart Link Plus box – a Health Monitoring Unit (HMU) “smart” box capable of generating key data for customers, enabling them to increase operational efficiency, and minimize return-to-service times through data-driven decisions.

Eligible Challenger and Global customers will receive this HMU “brain” free-of-charge.* The smart box, at the heart of the program, will provide aircraft data to Bombardier’s digital platform where it will be analyzed and transferred into actionable insights, drawing on Bombardier’s aircraft expertise and leveraging the power of the entire connected fleet.

Smart Link Plus generated insights will empower flight operations and maintenance teams to more efficiently dispatch, troubleshoot and track aircraft service needs. The free-of-charge Smart Link Plus box* will be available for installation on new and in-service aircraft at all Bombardier service centers.

The smart box technology was first introduced on the flagship Global 7500 aircraft and will now be adapted for eligible Challenger and other Global aircraft programs, further maximizing the Bombardier in-service experience.

“Bombardier business jet customers expect and deserve the latest and greatest technology advancements available and we are continuing to deliver a high level of sophistication,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our new Smart Link Plus connected aircraft program will create fully connected aircraft, enabling customers to access key data and insights to help with decision-making and flight operations. We are excited to announce this for our in-service fleet as well as new aircraft. Coupled with our extensive global infrastructure expansion, this digital transformation is the next step in dramatically enhancing Bombardier’s customer service experience worldwide.”

A key enabler for the Smart Link Plus vision will be through GE Aviation’s Digital Works services leveraging GE’s experience in data and analytics. Digital Works will support the operator including connectivity, cockpit communications, flight support, and safety applications.

“This new relationship with Bombardier will help streamline customer service relationships by offering integrated connectivity service offerings and customer support,” said Andrew Coleman, Senior VP, Digital Solutions of GE Aviation. “We are honoured to be the preferred partner of Bombardier to create advanced technologies to help connect the aircraft with flight operations and improve overall efficiencies and capabilities. Our work is centered around delighting our customers and delivering industry-leading levels of service.”

The final stage of the program brings it to its apex: a fully connected aircraft that connects owners, maintenance crews, pilots and operators to data-enabled applications, while leveraging insights from the Bombardier fleet to unlock an unprecedented experience in one digital ecosystem, including future benefits such as aircraft predictive maintenance.

The development of the Bombardier’s Smart Link Plus program represents the next step in Bombardier’s ongoing commitment to improve and enhance the customer experience on every level. With the introduction of service centre infrastructure enhancements, new products and services and the next step in its ongoing digital transformation, Bombardier continues to develop ways to maximize the customer service experience for its customers around the world.

Challenger 350 Aircraft Sets Unprecedented 10 City-Pair Speed Records in 20.5 Hours on U.S.-Wide Circuit, Demonstrates Unmatched Performance and Exceptional Reliability

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  • The best-selling business jet of 2018, the Challenger 350 aircraft establishes speed records between 10 of the top business aviation destinations across America
  • The aircraft achieved this impressive feat by flying consecutive legs between Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Teterboro, Washington, White Plains (New York), West Palm Beach, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles before returning to its departure point
  • In a demonstration of its leading reliability, segment-defining performance and signature smooth ride, the Challenger 350 jet completed the consecutive city-pair record-setting missions in 20.5 hours
  • The fastest business jet in history to reach 300 deliveries, the Challenger 350 aircraft boasts the largest cabin and lowest operating costs in its class    

MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier proudly announced today that the best-selling and industry-leading Challenger 350 aircraft demonstrated its undeniable performance capabilities and superior reliability by setting speed records for 10 key American city pairings in 20.5 hours. This impressive feat was completed as the aircraft flew a cross country circuit between 10 of the top U.S. business aviation destinations, setting a city-pair speed record with each mission.

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The Challenger 350 jet departed from Las Vegas at 07:56 AM local time and embarked on a 10-stop, U.S.-wide tour. As part of this mission, the aircraft flew at an average cruising speed of M 0.82 on most of each leg, with stops in Denver, Chicago, Teterboro, Washington, White Plains (New York), West Palm Beach, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles, before returning to Las Vegas. The aircraft completed its extensive circuit and returned to its departure point at 04:20 AM local time on the following day, after flying over 5,600NM. This record-setting achievement is a testament to the platform’s leading dispatch reliability, a critical productivity factor for corporate flight departments and large fleet operators.

“By connecting 10 of the top U.S. business aviation destinations in 20.5 hours, the Challenger 350 aircraft demonstrated once again its unmatched performance, exceptional reliability and unrivalled value,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “As the most-delivered business jet platform of the last decade, the Challenger 350 jet continues to outperform the competition on all fronts and to provide passengers with the ultimate flight experience.”

“The Challenger 350 aircraft handled beautifully throughout our 10 flights, while showcasing its exceptional performance and signature smooth ride on each of our missions,” said Dennis Simmons, Senior Captain, Flight Operations. “While this unprecedented record run is an impressive accomplishment, completing a 10-mission tour of the U.S. in less than a day is well within the capabilities of this outstanding aircraft. From the cockpit, the Challenger 350 aircraft lightens the pilots’ workload and is a joy to fly, thanks to its advanced equipment and the industry’s most extensive set of baseline features.”

With the largest cabin, best equipped cockpit and lowest operating costs in its class, the Challenger 350 jet offers the luxury of having it all. Boasting an elegant design, high-end craftsmanship and improved ergonomics in the cabin and in the cockpit, the aircraft provides passengers with paramount comfort and peace of mind, knowing every flight will deliver a smooth ride from takeoff to touchdown.

Committed to providing nothing short of the best to its customers all over the world, Bombardier recently announced a series of enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft, further underscoring its leadership position in the super mid-size segment. New enhancements to the aircraft include compact Head-up Display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS), class-leading cabin sound-proofing technology, and refined cockpit aesthetics. A performance improvement package also allows the aircraft to fly up to 1,500 NM farther out of short runways, complementing its steep approach certifications awarded by international regulatory bodies including EASA, FAA and TC. With this suite of enhancements, the best keeps getting better as the Challenger 350 aircraft continues to take centre stage in the super mid-size segment and to be the preferred choice of experienced fleet departments as well as Fortune 500 corporations.

Bombardier’s Global 5500 and Global 6500 Jets Awarded EASA Certification

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  • Certification comes on the heels of Transport Canada certification and entry-into-service on September 30
  • EASA certification allows the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft to be registered in a European Union country
  • Aircraft to make public debut on October 22 at NBAA-BACE static display in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Equipped with a state-of-the-art cockpit, the aircraft features the latest technology for outstanding comfort and control
  • Both aircraft offer superior safety due to built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which all Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned       

MONTREAL, Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier announced today that its two latest additions to the Global family, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets, have received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, validating the requirement for the aircraft’s operation in the European Union. This certification comes on the heels of Transport Canada certification and entry-into-service on September 30.

“This milestone is the latest accomplishment for our latest Global aircraft, which continue to exceed expectations on every level,” said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Program Management and Engineering, Bombardier Aviation. “Obtaining Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency Certification marks one of the final chapters in our very successful development program, and this achievement is a direct result of the commitment to excellence of the highly-skilled employees who worked on the program and our solid collaboration with our suppliers.”

The aircraft went through the rigorous flight testing program, which was completed at Bombardier’s world-class test centre in Wichita, Kansas. The Pearl 15 engine, the latest addition to Rolls-Royce’s exceptional business aviation engine portfolio, was developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, and was custom-designed with the most innovative technology – including enhanced aerodynamics, blade cooling and advanced engine health monitoring systems – to power the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft. With the purpose-built engines, advanced wing design and built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned, the aircraft offer superior safety and a smooth ride to its passengers.

Equipped with the revolutionary Bombardier Vision Flight Deck, the industry’s leading cockpit featuring the latest technology, the aircraft offer a comprehensive avionics suite with ergonomics and aesthetics that provide pilots with outstanding comfort and control.

These new aircraft build on the success of the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft by offering 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range, respectively, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage, contributing to highly favorable operating costs versus smaller competing aircraft with less range. The Global 5500 aircraft can connect Sao Paolo and Paris, and Moscow and Los Angeles; the Global 6500 aircraft can connect Hong Kong or Singapore and London, and Toluca and Madrid*.