- Third consecutive year increase in deliveries - Industry-leading growth in business aircraft deliveries
In the business aircraft segment, an impressive 186 units were delivered compared to 128 for the same period last year, an increase of 45 per cent. Ninety of the business aircraft delivered this fiscal year were of the latest Bombardier business jets: the Global Express XRS, Bombardier Global 5000, Challenger 300 and Learjet 40 XR.
Deliveries in the regional aircraft segment totalled 149 aircraft compared to 200 for the same period last year due largely to a significant reduction in CRJ200 aircraft deliveries. However, despite the continuing challenges facing the North American airline industry, Bombardier delivered approximately the same number of larger regional jets this fiscal year compared to the previous year.
Two Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft were delivered during fiscal year 2005/06 (year ending January 31, 2006) compared to one in the previous fiscal year. Production of the world-renowned firefighting aircraft resumed at the end of last fiscal year in response to the improved market for amphibious aircraft.
"We are harvesting the fruit of many years of investment in the development of innovative aircraft platforms," said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. "Bombardier has generated tremendous market interest worldwide as operators and owners benefit from the superior technology and outstanding value offered by our growing family of aircraft. In the regional aircraft segment, within a context of high oil prices, renewed interest in our highly efficient Q Series turboprop aircraft has also resulted in increased deliveries. We are the leader in the 20- to 90-seat segment and continue to look at new opportunities in the upper end of the regional aircraft market," he added.
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