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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 to Showcase Spaciousness of New Learjet 75 Liberty Business Jet with Full Interior Mock-up at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas

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  • Visitors are invited to stretch out in the category’s longest cabin, featuring an Executive Suite that puts comfort and productivity at the forefront
  • The Learjet 75 Liberty offers a larger cabin and superior performance while being certified to a higher safety standard – all for the same price as its competitors  
  • More operators than ever have the freedom to fly in a Learjet thanks to an exceptional price point and advantageous operating costs, with special launch offers available at 2019 NBAA-BACE

MONTREAL, Oct. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is happy to announce that it will showcase the newest member of the Learjet family, the Learjet 75 Liberty, with a full-size interior mock-up at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“This mock-up will truly show light jet customers just how spacious and comfortable our newest Learjet is,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet 75 Liberty offers a larger cabin and superior performance for the same price as competitors, and it’s certified to a higher safety standard.”

The full-size interior of the Learjet 75 Liberty at Bombardier’s static display at NBAA-BACE will give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the features that set this light jet apart. Customers attending NBAA-BACE will also be eligible for promotional launch offers on the Learjet 75 Liberty.

The Learjet 75 Liberty debuts the segment’s first Executive Suite, a spacious area at the front of the cabin with two forward-facing seats and an unprecedented three feet (0.91 metres) of legroom for the light jet category. Passengers can stretch out on oversized ottomans that are easily stowable, and open up their laptops on large, retractable side tables. Located behind a standard forward pocket door, the Executive Suite is a quiet haven for busy executives.

Visitors to the Learjet 75 Liberty mock-up can also experience class-leading legroom in the Club Suite, with a four-seat configuration, large side tables and plenty of storage.

The latest member of the iconic Learjet family was unveiled earlier this summer and is generating strong interest on the market. It is expected to enter service in 2020.

The Learjet 75 Liberty is the fastest aircraft in the light jet segment with a top speed of Mach 0.81. Its range of 2,080 nautical miles can connect Las Vegas to New York, Seattle to Washington, D.C., and Mexico City to San Francisco, nonstop.* This superior performance comes at the same operating costs as competitor aircraft that offer less.

The Learjet 75 Liberty is certified to the highest safety standards applicable to commercial airliners, unlike most competitors in the light jet category that are certified to less stringent safety standards. Learjet aircraft offer impressive handling characteristics and outstanding performance. The Learjet 75 Liberty features the advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck, and includes the recently announced Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade.

Bombardier is proud to be participating at NBAA-BACE, where it will also showcase its flagship Global 7500 aircraft, the newly-certified Global 6500 aircraft, as well as the class-leading Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft.

Bombardier Appoints Christophe Degoumois as Vice President of International Business Aircraft Sales

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  • Accomplished professional brings more than 20 years of experience in business jet sales to this role
  • Mr. Degoumois will oversee aircraft sales in all regions outside the Americas
  • Bombardier is poised to maintain its market share leadership around the world in the segments where it competes, with the most complete, most compelling portfolio of business jets that deliver an unparalleled smooth ride

MONTREAL, Oct. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe Degoumois as Vice President of Sales, International, for Bombardier Business Aircraft, overseeing business jet sales in all regions outside the Americas.

“I am thrilled to appoint Christophe to this role,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Christophe will drive business jet sales in key international regions as our portfolio of aircraft, featuring Bombardier’s signature smooth ride technology, expands to meet the needs of operators around the world.”

Mr. Degoumois joined Bombardier in 2004 as a Sales Director, occupying roles of increasing responsibility over the last 15 years, including Vice President of Sales in China and the Asia-Pacific. In his most recent mandate, he was Vice President of Sales for Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). His expanded role will include the above regions as well as China, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Bombardier’s expanded business jet portfolio appeals to a great number of operators around the world, with a renowned smooth ride that makes all the difference on flights short or long. The large-cabin Global family of aircraft features high-performing, long-range jets with unequalled cabin experience, including the Global 7500 aircraft, the industry flagship. Bombardier’s super-midsize Challenger aircraft continue to outsell competitors due to a winning combination of performance, comfort and value, while Bombardier’s rejuvenated Learjet platform makes the world’s best light jet more accessible than ever.

Mr. Degoumois began his career in business jet sales in 1998, working in aircraft management and air charter sales in Zurich and Geneva. 

Bombardier’s Global 5500 and Global 6500 Jets Awarded Transport Canada Certification

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  • Certification paves the way for entry-into-service this year as planned
  • The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft flew through the rigorous flight testing program 
  • Combined with a newly optimized wing, the new Pearl 15 engines render the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft cleaner and more efficient
  • Both aircraft offer superior safety due to built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which all Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned
  • The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft have the smoothest ride, the largest cabins and the longest range in their class, and offer exceptional passenger comfort            

MONTREAL, Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier announced today that its two latest additions to the Global family, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets, have been awarded Transport Canada Type Certification, paving the way for entry-into-service this year. Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are expected to follow shortly.

“Following their dramatic unveiling last year, these aircraft continue to surprise and surpass expectations. Thanks to a new wing design and custom-made Rolls-Royce Pearl engines, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets boast farthest-in-class ranges, offering unrivalled performance and unsurpassed passenger comfort, at exceptional operating costs,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “Not only did we deliver on our commitments but we did on schedule, demonstrating the ingenuity, skill, rigor and consummate professionalism that is inherent to the longstanding winning DNA of our dedicated team members.”

The aircraft flew 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, received Transport Canada certification recently. The engine, developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, 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’s Vision Flight Deck, the industry’s leading cockpit, the aircraft offer a comprehensive avionics suite with ergonomics and aesthetics that provide pilots with outstanding comfort and control.

The aircraft offer stunning redesigned cabins with exclusive features that are as innovative as they are luxurious. The Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets also debut the Nuage chaise, a unique seating innovation that adds new dimensions to the conference suite as a lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the table. 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.

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 favourable 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*.

Bombardier celebrates milestone delivery of 100th Challenger aircraft to NetJets

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  • NetJets proudly takes delivery of another world-renowned Challenger 350 aircraft, welcoming 100th Challenger business jet
  • 80 Challenger 350 and 20 Challenger 650 aircraft now in service with exceptional reliability and comfort
  • The Challenger brand is synonymous with success as the best-selling business jet platform of the last decade
  • With its stunning and sophisticated cabin, smooth ride and the lowest operating costs in its category, the Challenger 350 aircraft delivers an unrivalled private jet experience

MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier proudly celebrates the delivery of the 100th Challenger aircraft to join the NetJets fleet. This milestone event underscores the strong relationship between Bombardier and NetJets, and reflects the tremendous demand among business jet travellers to fly aboard the industry-leading Challenger business jets.

The 100th Challenger aircraft in NetJets’ fleet is the award-winning Challenger 350 business jet, which continues to lead the way in the super mid-size segment. In addition to reaching 300 deliveries faster than any other jet in the medium and large categories, the Challenger 350 aircraft is the best-selling business jet platform of the last decade and is recognized for its superior performance, remarkable reliability and stylish cabin.

“We’re very proud of our longstanding relationship with NetJets, who share our desire to create an exceptional flight experience for customers,” said David Coleal, President of Bombardier Aviation. “This addition of a 100th Challenger aircraft to NetJets’ fleet shows how sought-after this aircraft is and why it’s simply the best business jet in its class.”

NetJets currently operates a combined total of 100 Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft in its fleet. These best-selling aircraft have the lowest direct operating costs in their respective categories due to affordable maintenance programs and longer maintenance intervals than the competition.

Recently recognized by Robb Report Magazine as the Best of the Best super mid-size aircraft for the second consecutive year, the Challenger 350 business jet builds upon the remarkable legacy of leadership of the Challenger 300 series of aircraft. With a true seats full, tanks full, 3,200 nautical mile range and steep approach certification, the Challenger 350 business jet can connect Aspen to New York non-stop. The enhanced short-field performance ability of the Challenger 350 aircraft also allows for access to challenging airfields such as Santa Monica airport.

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.

Given their class-leading economics and dependable performance in operation, it’s no wonder the Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 business jets are highly favoured by experienced flight departments such as NetJets.  

Fleet of four modified Bombardier Global business jets reaches 100,000-flight-hour milestone in service with U.S. Air Force

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September 18, 2019 Montréal Business Aircraft,  Press Release

  • Specially configured Global aircraft are the backbone of the U.S. Air Force Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program
  • All four aircraft were developed and modified by the Bombardier Specialized Aircraft team in Wichita, Kansas
  • Bombardier Global business jets, with their long range, wide cabins and outstanding reliability, are the ideal vehicle for elite special missions
  • Bombardier develops and delivers a range of capabilities to operators around the world for missions including surveillance, medical evacuations and VIP transport

Bombardier’s Global aircraft platform, renowned in the business aviation industry for range, spaciousness and a smooth ride, has achieved a significant in-service milestone with the U.S. Air Force in special-mission configuration.

A fleet of four modified Global aircraft has collectively flown an impressive 100,000 hours since entering service. These aircraft are an integral part of the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, an airborne communications relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems.

Over the course of their mission, BACN aircraft have regularly flown over 18 hours a day for months at a time, demonstrating the excellent dispatch reliability of the Global platform.

 “We are extremely proud of the outstanding reliability and performance of the Global aircraft platform as part of this elite assignment,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft. “This 100,000-flight-hour milestone is a testament to the aircrafts’ performance and endurance, clearly demonstrating that the Global platform excels in demanding situations.”

Starting with one Global Express aircraft in 2007, the BACN fleet today also includes two Global Express XRS variants and one Global 6000 aircraft. The four jets are known in the Air Force as the E-11A.

Bombardier’s Specialized Aircraft team, based in Wichita, Kansas, carried out the modifications of all four jets, and the team continues to provide in-service support and upgrades to the aircraft.

Bombardier has a varied portfolio of business jets that can be readily modified for special missions, and its signature smooth ride can minimize crew fatigue and extend the life of mission equipment. Global aircraft are ideal for critical government missions because of their speed, agility, endurance and low operating costs compared to other aircraft in their class.

The Global 6000 aircraft, with an outstanding range of 6,000 nautical miles*, is recognized for its ability to fly intercontinental ranges without refueling stops, and also for its excellent dispatch reliability. The aircraft also has the most available electrical power in its category for peace of mind on long missions, while the Bombardier Vision flight deck offers a head-up display with enhanced and synthetic vision. 

Bombardier Delivers First of Three Global 6000 Business Jets to Join Luftwaffe Fleet

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  • Long-range Global 6000 aircraft to fulfill German diplomatic and parliamentary transport requirements
  • Delivering best-in-class reliability, leading-edge technology and Bombardier’s signature smooth ride, Global 6000 aircraft are ideal for government missions
    and VIP transport
  • Bombardier to deliver two more Global 6000 aircraft for German government use in 2019

MONTREAL, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier has proudly delivered the first of three Global 6000 business jets destined for use by the Luftwaffe, Germany’s air force.

The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000 business jets to fulfill political and parliamentary transport requirements.

“Bombardier is incredibly pleased that the Luftwaffe will add the Global 6000 aircraft to its fleet,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “Our Specialized Aircraft team has built longstanding relationships with governments around the world who trust in the safety and performance of our products.”

Bombardier’s Specialized Aircraft division delivers custom solutions to operators, with a diverse portfolio of aircraft that can fly the most demanding and critical missions in various configurations. Bombardier Global aircraft are especially attractive because of their excellent dispatch reliability, speed, agility, endurance and optimized operating costs.

Powered by Rolls-Royce BR710 engines, developed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Dahlewitz, Germany, the Global 6000 aircraft has enough range for non-stop flights between continents, which is ideal for political and parliamentary transport requirements. The Global 6000 aircraft also delivers a smooth ride that reduces the fatigue of frequent travel for both passengers and crew, while its advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck features a head-up display with both Enhanced and Synthetic Vision for a better pilot experience.

The delivery of the Global 6000 aircraft deepens Bombardier’s substantial ties to Germany, where it is the leading provider of business jets. Bombardier Transportation, a global rail industry leader, is headquartered in Berlin.

Bombardier Business Aircraft USA Maintenance and Operations Conference 2019 Highlights New Products, Miami Service Centre Progress

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  • Comprehensive gathering highlighted Bombardier’s enhanced global customer support presence and customer service transformation
  • Helpful how-to sessions outlined new products/services, as well as service support updates for Bombardier’s flagship Global 7500 aircraft
  • M&O USA Conference an essential part of informative customer event lineup planned for 2019

MONTREAL, Aug. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to announce that the 2019 Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 27-29 was a resounding success, offering Bombardier customers and operators from around the world a unique opportunity to learn about Bombardier’s latest in-service activities, world-class products and key program development updates – including the development of the new state-of-the-art Miami Service Centre in Miami-Dade County.

This year’s event brought together more than 125 customers/operators for two days of detailed educational sessions, including updates on key programs such as Global 7500 aircraft. Attendees also benefited from the platform-specific technical and operational discussions to gain and share insight with Bombardier and the operator community. M&O USA is just one of several high-profile customer events planned in 2019, aimed at enhancing customers’ knowledge of in-service activities, world-class products and program development updates.

“At Bombardier, we are always seeking ways to ensure customers receive an exceptional experience at all levels of the customer service journey,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager of Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “In-depth customer-driven events such as these offer an essential channel to share important information about our products and services. They are invaluable in helping us provide the best service experience possible.”

Bombardier has a strong customer service footprint in the U.S., including the introduction of a brand new Super Service Centre in Miami-Dade, Florida. The new 300,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport will feature expanded maintenance capabilities and be fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modifications, avionics installations and Aircraft On Ground Support (AOG) for all of Bombardier’s family of business jets including LearjetChallenger and Global aircraft.

Along with a major expansion of the service centre expansion at the Seletar Aerospace Centre in Singapore, the addition of new Line Maintenance Stations in Dubai and Biggin Hill, Mobile Truck Response Team (MRT) enhancements in the U.S. and Europe and the addition of a dedicated Challenger 300 MRT aircraft, such expansive initiatives underscore Bombardier’s ongoing, transformational commitment to providing the most comprehensive onsite, mobile and aircraft-on-ground resolution services in the industry.

L.J. Aviation Grows Fleet with Addition of Two Industry-leading Bombardier Challenger 350 Business Jets

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  • Two new Challenger 350 business jets recently added to L.J. Aviation’s existing fleet of more than 40 aircraft under management
  • The Challenger 300 aircraft series continues to outperform the competition as the fastest business jet in history to reach 300 deliveries in the medium and large categories and as the best-equipped aircraft in its class
  • With the widest and quietest cabin, smoothest ride and lowest operating costs in its category, the Challenger 350 aircraft delivers an unrivalled experience

MONTREAL, Aug. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce that L.J. Aviation, a world-class aircraft flight management and charter aircraft company, has expanded its fleet with its latest addition of two industry-leading Challenger 350 aircraft. The high-performing Challenger 350 business jets join the company’s existing fleet of 40 aircraft and are available for charter in the Mid-Atlantic States.

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“We are thrilled to receive our Challenger 350 aircraft,” said Ed Kilkeary Jr., President, L.J. Aviation. “It delivers everything we want in a business jet: outstanding performance, a comfortable and productive environment, and advantageous operating costs. The Challenger 350 aircraft is a sound investment that will make the most of our passengers’ time.”

Extending its offering with two new industry-leading Challenger 350 business jets, L.J. Aviation currently manages and operates five Challenger 300 series business jets, one Challenger 604 aircraft and a Global 5000 aircraft.  

In the last decade, the Challenger 300 aircraft series has accounted for more deliveries than any other business jet platform in the industry. The Challenger 350 aircraft builds upon this remarkable legacy of leadership and continues to take centre stage in the super mid-size segment.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with L.J. Aviation, and we are extremely pleased that they have added two Challenger 350 aircraft to their fleet,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This business jet is world-renowned as the leader in the super mid-size segment, and with good reason. A stunning cabin, smooth ride and exceptional value proposition all make the Challenger 350 aircraft an ideal choice for customers.”

With a true full seats, full fuel, 3,200 nautical mile range, the Challenger 350 aircraft is an efficient and reliable business tool with proven performance. Delivering comfort without compromise, the Challenger 350 jet was recently recognized by Robb Report Magazine as the Best of the Best super mid-size aircraft for the second consecutive year.

Airbus opens second A220 line as assemblies start at Mobile

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05 August, 2019 by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston, FlightGlobal.com

Airbus has started assembling A220s at its Alabama facility, a milestone coming nearly two years after the European airframer announced its intention to open a US A220 manufacturing site.

The company has “officially begun manufacturing the A220 in the US”, with work commencing on an A220-300 that Airbus intends to deliver to Delta Air Lines in the third quarter of next year.

Airbus describes the start of US A220 production as evidence of its position as a top US manufacturer and of its increasingly global manufacturing footprint.

“With Mobile, and our production network in Asia, Canada and Europe, we have strategically created a worldwide industrial base to better serve our customers,” says Airbus Americas chief executive Jeffrey Knittel.

A220 workers in Mobile recently completed training in Mirabel, Canada – home of the original A220 production line, Airbus says.

Earlier this year Airbus began constructing the A220 assembly hangar and other related facilities in Mobile, though the company is using some existing A320 buildings to assemble “the first few” A220s, it says.

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Airbus’s production facility in Mobile, where the company makes A320s and A220s
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The first large A220 components, including the cockpit and a fuselage section, arrived at the Mobile site in June.

The start of US A220 production comes despite initial scepticism that Airbus would make good on its US A220 plans.

Airbus announced its intention to open the Mobile A220 site as part of its October 2017 proposed acquisition of the programme, then called CSeries, from Bombardier.

The acquisition came amid threats the USA would impose significant tariffs on CSeries imports – retaliation for Bombardier receiving billions of dollars in government financial support.

Those tariffs threatened Bombardier’s already-announced sale of at least 75 A220s to Delta.

Airbus’s plan to assemble A220s at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it already assembles A320 family aircraft, appeared a means to bypass tariffs.

But Bombardier won the trade dispute, eliminating the threat of tariffs. And Airbus, after closing the acquisition last year, still moved forward with its Mobile plan.