Bombardier Aerospace will stress the importance of the Asia-Pacific market for its business and commercial aircraft activities at the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2009 in Hong Kong from September 8 to 10. Four of its high-performance business aircraft, the midsize Learjet 60 XR, super-midsize Challenger 605, Challenger 850 and ultra long-range Global Express XRS jets will be open for viewing at the static display at Hong Kong International Airport.
“With a wide range of products and services, Bombardier is well positioned to offer operators throughout China, India and the Asia-Pacific region the best business aircraft to meet their expanding travel requirements”, noted David Dixon, Regional Vice President, Sales Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Bombardier is committed to supporting its customer base in the region with an expanding customer service network. This will ensure its operators have access not only to the best products, but also meets the international nature of the Global aircraft platform whose owners, from the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and India, regularly visit the area. As a matter of fact, in July 2009, Reignwood Group, a Beijing-based corporation with worldwide operations, became the first to operate a Global 5000 jet from mainland China.”
Bombardier Aerospace’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region have grown substantially in recent years. The company is a leading supplier of commercial aircraft to the region, with more than 250 of its Q-Series turboprops and CRJ regional jets in service or ordered by some 36 operators. “The Asia-Pacific market holds great potential for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft,” said Trung Ngo, Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “It’s fair to say that in many countries within these markets, aviation infrastructure continues to be developed. In recent years, carriers have been focused on developing trunk routes to connect metropolitan areas. In this segment, our new CSeries 100- to 130-seat, single-aisle, mainline airliner family can play a very useful role.”
“Going forward, carriers will need to develop regional market segments to strengthen overall network connectivity,” said Mr. Ngo. “We have the optimum aircraft for these segments in our CRJ NextGen regional jets spanning 70 to 100 seats, and our high-speed Q400 NextGen turboprop with 68 to 80 seats.”
Bombardier Aerospace’s relationship with China
Bombardier recently celebrated the arrival in Saint-Laurent, Québec of a CSeries aircraft centre fuselage test barrel, manufactured by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. Bombardier and the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC I) are partners in a long-term strategic cooperation in the five-abreast commercial aircraft market.
Bombardier Aerospace operates seven facilities in six Chinese cities, including sales offices and customer support centres. Our widespread presence in China continues to grow with the CSeries aircraft program and our long-term collaboration with the Chinese Aviation Industry. In addition, to support its customers, Bombardier has a regional aircraft spare parts depot in Beijing. Bombardier has appointed Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Ltd. (STAECO) of Ji’nan as the first Bombardier-recognized heavy maintenance facility in the Asia-Pacific Region. With Bombardier Transportation, the corporation has 3,000 employees in China.