Bombardier Aerospace took the wraps off the Challenger 350–an upgraded Challenger 300 with a new wing, more powerful engines, larger windows and redesigned interior– May 19 on the EBACE show floor. NetJets was also announced as the launch customer for the new $25.8 million twinjet, which is $1 million more than its fraternal twin, which Bombardier will continue to offer. First deliveries of the new Challenger are scheduled to begin in May 2014.
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Bombardier Aerospace announced last month that Nordic Aviation Capital of Billund, Denmark, has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire four Q400 turboprops. Bombardier places the value of the contact, based on list prices, at $134.77 million.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Safety Standdown Asia returned to Asia yesterday for a third time. It was held in conjunction with the ABACE show at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao. Free for participants, Safety Standdown Asia “provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insights into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them,” according to Bombardier (Chalet 380). The seminar combines both knowledge-based and skill-based training with a focus on human factors.
Bombardier Aerospace appointed Ian Ludlow general manager of its Amsterdam service center. He has 30 years’ experience in commercial and business aircraft operations and maintenance from numerous management and consulting roles within the UK and Europe. Ludlow, who will focus on building strong relationships within the operator community and with regulatory authorities, is known for successfully managing aftermarket supply chains, international deployment and business development.
Bombardier Aerospace business aircraft operators in Brazil and Mexico will have regional customer briefings in 2013. The Support Team will host operators in Toluca, Mexico (April 16 and 17) and in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 15.
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that CDB Leasing, a subsidiary of China Development Bank, is the previously unidentified customer that placed an order on December 21 for five Global 6000s worth approximately $293 million. CDB Leasing is the bank’s sole leasing arm. “We are positive about the general aviation market, especially in China,” said CDB Leasing chairman Wang Chong. “The relationship between CDB Leasing and Bombardier on Global 6000 jets is also the beginning of our new endeavor in the business aviation industry.”
Bombardier Aerospace received full certification for its Global 6000 today from the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil in Brazil. The Global 6000 is an updated version of the Global Express XRS that includes Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics and an enhanced-vision system. With this approval, Bombardier’s full line of Learjet, Challenger and Global jets now has Brazilian certification.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered 179 business jets last year, 16 more than in 2011. During this same period, the company received net orders for 343 business jets, compared with 191 for the previous year. “We are the market leaders in business aircraft, and the restructuring of our commercial aircraft sales organization is yielding results,” said Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey. “We are seeing positive momentum across our entire product portfolio,” which also includes regional jets.
Bombardier Aerospace launched a “Tweet spot” campaign for MEBA 2012, where attendees Tweet a picture of themselves at designated places at the static display area. The company plans to move its Tweet spots around during the show, but all locations will have Bombardier aircraft in the background. Bombardier said it decided to engage attendees with Twitter at the show, since social media is very popular in the Middle East. Tweet spot photos taken at MEBA should be tagged with #BBAWorld and #MEBA12.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered NetJets’ first “signature series” Global 6000 at a special ceremony today in Montreal at Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre. “Today NetJets has unquestionably become part of the Bombardier Business Aircraft family,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi.