Bombardier Aerospace touches down at Dubai Airshow 2011

Press release
Published November 10th, 2011 - 05:42 GMT

Bombardier Aerospace will touch down at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates from November 13 to 17, 2011, with an impressive line-up that includes five of its industry-leading products, as well as an interactive, state-of-the-art dome pavilion. The pavilion will house the most recent passenger cabin demonstrator, and for the first time, a cockpit demonstrator for the all-new CSeries aircraft.

Attesting to the growing importance of the Middle East and Africa marketplace, Bombardier will feature a broad spectrum of its innovative products, technical expertise, and superior customer support and aircraft maintenance services. On static display will be five airplanes from Bombardier’s portfolio of business and commercial aircraft, including the midsize Learjet 60 XR aircraft, the super midsize Challenger 300 jet, the wide-body Challenger 605 jet, the large cabin Challenger 850 jet and the Q400 NextGen airliner.

Business Aircraft
Business aviation in the Middle East is experiencing sustained growth. Bombardier’s latest market forecast for the aviation industry predicts a total delivery of 1,175 business jet deliveries destined for the Middle East over the next 20 years. With a solid fleet of business jets in the region, Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger and Global jets are all represented.

Commercial Aircraft
Bombardier forecasts that the Middle East will continue to offer the potential to play a key role in the transformation of the aviation industry. Middle East carriers have consistently reported increased annual revenues and enplanements. While starting from a small base, Africa and Middle East deliveries will capture seven per cent, or 980, of the total 13,100 deliveries expected in the next 20 years, of aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat market segments.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft already has a strong presence in the region with more than 180 CRJ regional jets and Dash-8/Q-Series aircraft in service or on firm order.

Bombardier will showcase full-scale cabin and cockpit demonstrators of the CSeries jetliner. It will be the first public showing of the cockpit demonstrator. Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries family of aircraft combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage. The CSeries family of aircraft’s clean-sheet design is ensuring that it will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km). The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs (5,443 kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.

Putting our customers First locally, globally
Bombardier is committed to putting its customers first by offering the highest level of support as close as possible to their operational bases. As part of this commitment to customers in the Middle East, Bombardier opened a full-scale Regional Support Office (RSO) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2010. In 2011, the office has seen the addition of a Customer Liaison Pilot, to complement its permanent staff of a Customer Support Account Manager, two Field Service Representatives and the RSO Manager.

The RSO is located at Dubai International Airport alongside the company’s parts depot, which is operated in conjunction with ExecuJet Aviation, part of Bombardier’s Authorized Service Facility (ASF) network in the region. In 2011, Bombardier also added two more authorized facilities in the region, in Turkey and Jordan, to support business aircraft.

The RSO, authorized facilities and parts depot are at the heart of Bombardier’s comprehensive service presence in the Middle East, which further grew this year through the expansion of its PartsExpress airborne parts delivery service. Visitors are welcome to attend the Dubai Airshow 2011 from Sunday, November 13 to Thursday, November 17. The Bombardier chalet is located at the Airport Expo - Dubai at A11, 12, 13, and the CSeries Dome is situated at P1.

Bombardier aircraft on static display:

Learjet 60 XR: In service since July 2007, the Learjet 60 XR aircraft is a proven model of performance, comfort, value and versatility in the midsize jet market segment. It delivers a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (861 km/hr), superior climb capabilities, proven fuel efficiency and low direct operating costs per nautical mile**. The jet’s higher operating altitudes – certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) – translate to time savings due to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence. The Learjet 60 XR aircraft can fly from Dubai to Moscow and Dubai to Athens non-stop with four passengers and two crew**.

Challenger 300: A bespoke customer-designed aircraft, the Challenger 300 jet offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed with eight passengers. It can fly Dubai-Beijing non-stop** with a full payload, and its superior airfield performance allows the aircraft to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease**. The Challenger 300 business jet offers the best performance and value amongst its competitors and has consistently exceeded customer expectations. With over 300 Challenger 300 jets in service, it is the market leader amongst its peers.

Challenger 605: Featuring the widest stand-up cabin of any large category business jet available today, the Challenger 605 jet builds on the legacy of quality and reliability of its predecessor, the acclaimed Challenger 604 jet, leading its market share segment throughout the world. The Challenger 605 jet can whisk eight passengers and two crew from Dubai to Tokyo or Dubai to London non-stop**.

Challenger 850: The Challenger 850 aircraft combines the proven performance and value of the Challenger business jet with the outstanding dependability of a CRJ200 airliner. The Challenger 850 aircraft is a unique solution for executive requirements offering unparalleled flexibility and comfort, taking advantage of the widebody cabin, reliability and maintainability of its airliner heritage. Bombardier’s Challenger 850 business aircraft is certified for operation in 62 countries.

Q400 NextGen: Optimized for short-haul operations, the “comfortably greener,” 70- to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint. Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft, which are in service with more than 30 operators worldwide, have transported more than 167 million passengers and have logged more than 3 million flight hours and over 3.3 million take-offs and landings.

Background Information


With over 68,000 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. The company is recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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