"Business aviation remains strong in Europe, and our recent market forecast confirms the positive outlook for the region," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "When coupled with our new program launches, a bright future for European business aviation and recent Challenger jet record order, this year's Farnborough airshow is the perfect opportunity for Bombardier to showcase its excellence as the world's leading business aircraft manufacturer."
Bombardier's recently published financial results for the first quarter of calendar year 2012 show further evidence of positive momentum, reflected by 40 net orders for business aircraft and 29 deliveries between January 1 and March 31, 2012.
There are more than 2,900 Bombardier Dash8/Q-Series turboprops, CRJ regional jets and CSeries mainline jetliners in operation, or ordered by customers around the world. Almost 560 of these are in service with, or have been ordered by, operators in Europe, including Russia and the Commonwealth Independent States.
Looking forward, Bombardier's Commercial Aircraft Forecast 2012-2031 predicts deliveries of 12,800 new commercial aircraft with 20 to 149 seats, with Europe expected to take delivery of 2,240 units, or 18 per cent.
As the global demand for air travel and new aircraft continues to shift towards growth markets, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has significantly increased the size of its marketing and sales teams, placing a strong emphasis on the growth markets to meet the demand. Representatives from all sales regions will be at the airshow to meet with customers and prospects.
Bombardier is the only manufacturer that offers three distinct families of turboprop and jet aircraft, and each family is optimized for the market segment it is designed to serve. Thus the Company is well placed to satisfy its markets' continuing requirements.
Putting operators first locally, globally
Bombardier is one of the few Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) positioned to provide its customers with a value-added aftermarket offering for both business and commercial aircraft. The company continues to build on this network through a continued global expansion. Recently, Bombardier announced the ground breaking of its new, wholly owned Singapore Service Centre, which will further strengthen its substantial footprint in Asia-Pacific.
Its far-reaching global service network consists of more than 60 maintenance facilities in 27 countries, nine Regional Support Office locations and superior aircraft parts availability sustained by ten parts depots on five continents. Bombardier's team of field service representatives around the world provide on-site technical support and AOG coordination, with an international deployment strategy to boost staffing. The experienced instructors at Bombardier Aircraft Training put the company in a unique position to bring real world experience to the classroom to maximize pilot and technical training. Business and commercial aircraft customers also benefit from Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services in Belfast, Dallas and Wichita.
To complement its extensive support network, Bombardier offers optimized maintenance and support solutions through its Smart Services programs. With more than 25 years' experience in providing cost protection and budget predictability for its business aircraft customers, the pioneering Smart Parts program has continued to expand with the adoption of Q400 Smart Parts by numerous regional carriers worldwide.
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