Bombardier Eyes Opportunities in Africa at the African

Bombardier Eyes Opportunities in Africa at the African Airlines
Association Annual General Assembly 
- Bombardier CSeries, CRJ NextGen and Q400 NextGen aircraft well
suited to fuel growth of commercial aviation in Africa 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/12 -- Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft will reinforce its commitment to the African airline
industry with its attendance at the 44th Annual General Assembly of
the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Johannesburg, November
18-20, 2012. 
Bombardier will showcase its powerful line-up of commercial aircraft,
the Q400 NextGen regional turboprop, the best-selling CRJ NextGen
regional jet family, and the all-new CSeries mainline jetliner, the
new benchmark in airliner design. Earlier in 2012, a Q400 NextGen
aircraft made eight stops in Africa during an extensive demonstration
tour that visited five continents. 
Bombardier commercial aircraft are already significantly present on
the African continent with more than 160 Dash 8/Q-Series and CRJ
aircraft in service with, or ordered by, 40 operators and leasing
companies in over 20 countries. 
Recent orders from African carriers include five Q400 NextGen
aircraft from Ethiopian Airlines to increase its fleet to 13 of the
type and RwandAir's purchase agreement for two CRJ900 NextGen
regional jets plus two options, the first of which recently entered
revenue service. Ethiopian Airlines' Q400 NextGen aircraft - three of
which will be operated by its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo - were
the first to be outfitted with Bombardier's newly introduced
dual-class interior for the turboprop.  
"This region is poised for growth and over the next 20 years, it is
predicted that Africa will be one of the leaders in annual economic
growth, second only to China. We are excited by the potential
opportunities for expanding commercial aviation in Africa and our
role in that development," said Raphael Haddad, Vice-president,
Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, who
will lead Bombardier's delegation at the AFRAA Annual General
"Our market forecast for the 2012-2031 timeframe predicts that
African airlines will take delivery of 550 aircraft in the 20- to
149-seat segment industry wide. The majority of that demand is
expected to be in the 1
00- to 149-seat market segment that belongs to
our CSeries family of airliners, while the remainder is expected to
be mainly in the 60- to 99-seat market segment in which our Q400
NextGen and CRJ NextGen aircraft compete," added Mr. Haddad. 
Putting our customers first locally, globally 
Bombardier is committed to putting its business and commercial
aircraft customers first by offering the highest level of support as
close as possible to their operational bases. Bombardier operates a
worldwide network of internationally deployed support personnel,
Regional Support Offices on five continents, wholly owned Aircraft
Service Centers, Authorized Service Facilities and 24-7 Customer
Response Centers. The company also offers comprehensive pilot and
maintenance training through dedicated facilities.  
To complement its extensive support network, Bombardier offers
optimized maintenance and support solutions through its Smart
Services programs for business and commercial aircraft. In the past
year, enrollment on the Q400 Smart Parts program has quadrupled since
its launch in 2008. Republic Airlines is the latest carrier to select
the increasingly popular program for its fleet of 32 Q400 turboprops. 
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Marc Duchesne
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