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Bombardier Chooses Lufthansa Technik for CRJ Series Component Support


Toronto (BOMBARDIER) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Lufthansa Technik AG (LHT) has been selected to provide a Total Support Program (TSP) for worldwide operators of the Bombardier CRJ family of 50- to 90-seat regional jets. LHT, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, is the world’s largest provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and is also an approved overhaul facility for Bombardier CRJ aircraft components.

Lufthansa Technik will offer a comprehensive maintenance support package including auxiliary power unit, landing gear, wheels, tires, brakes and rotables. LHT will also maintain an exchange pool of components to support dispatch of the aircraft. The TSP can be organized to meet an operator’s specific requirements. The operator may also opt for a repair and overhaul program on the CF34 engine from Lufthansa Technik Aero Alzey.

“Lufthansa Technik is recognized around the world for its technical expertise and the outstanding quality of its work and we are proud to have them as a service provider for our products,” said David Schenck, Vice-President, Customer Support, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “As an approved CRJ overhaul facility of long standing, Lufthansa Technik knows the aircraft very well.

“Bombardier CRJ aircraft have the lowest operating and maintenance costs in their respective classes,” Mr. Schenck said. “This agreement with Lufthansa Technik will ensure that these costs will remain well below those of any competitor aircraft.”

As with the Bombardier Q400 TSP recently signed with SAS Component, the maintenance package being offered by Lufthansa Technik will be of special benefit to start-up airlines that do not have the infrastructure in place to handle the work themselves. “The LHT program would eliminate surprises and create predictable cash flow,” said Mr. Schenck.

Bombardier’s relationship with Lufthansa started in 1992, when Lufthansa CityLine became the European launch customer of the CRJ Series aircraft, and, only five years after, in 1997, Lufthansa CityLine took delivery of Bombardier’s 200th CRJ regional jet. In that same year, the opening of Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS), Europe's most comprehensive service centre for Bombardier business and regional aircraft, marked Bombardier’s growing relationship with Lufthansa.

Bombardier Aerospace is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of civil aircraft, and its CRJ Series regional jets and Q Series turboprops are the most modern and comprehensive families of regional aircraft available on the market. As of January 31, 2006, it had delivered close to 2,100 regional aircraft to airlines around the world.

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