Bombardier Aerospace Releases Aircraft Market Forecasts


Farnborough (BOMBARDIER) - Bombardier Aerospace today released its aircraft market forecasts for the commercial and business aircraft markets.

Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast
In the 20-year period from 2006 to 2025, Bombardier's commercial aircraft market forecast predicts a demand for 11,000 aircraft deliveries in the 20- to 149-seat market valued at $370 billion US.

The 20- to 149-seat aircraft market is comprised of three distinct segments:
- The 20- to 59-passenger aircraft segment, which includes the aircraft that powered the development of the regional airline industry, is a base for continued deliveries. This segment could represent a demand for 1,100 aircraft;

- The 60- to 99-seat aircraft segment, the current growth phase for regional airlines, is characterized by a focus on seat-mile costs and fleet specialization. This segment could represent a demand for 4,100 aircraft;

- The 100- to 149-passenger airliner market segment is today primarily comprised of mainline carriers and low fare airlines. This segment will grow significantly as demand is driven by the replacement of aging aircraft with new-generation, more fuel-efficient airliners. This segment could represent a demand for 5,800 aircraft.
Bombardier is well positioned to benefit from the demand in new aircraft with its current 50- to 90-seat CRJ Series regional jets and 37- to 78-passenger Q-Series turboprops. It is also studying the introduction of derivative aircraft from these two families to extend the capacity to 100 seats, as well as the development of a new-generation aircraft, the CSeries, optimized for the lower end of the 100- to 149-seat market.

The complete Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast can be accessed at www.bombardier.com

Business Aircraft Market Forecast
According to Bombardier's first-ever public annual business aircraft market forecast, deliveries of all business jets is expected to grow significantly.

For the 2006-2010 period, corporate aircraft manufacturers could deliver an average of 600 to 700 business jets annually, excluding the very light segment, a significant increase from the 540 units delivered during the 2001-2005 period.

The forecast indicates that most primary market drivers are currently stable or positive. These include: an installed base of 13,000 business jets which, on average, require replacement every six years; the U.S. gross domestic product forecasted growth of three per cent next year; a surge of concept buyers in international markets; a healthy balance in the pre-owned aircraft segment; and a strong rate of new aircraft introductions.

Bombardier is well positioned to benefit from the demand in new aircraft with its current line of business jets, the largest in the industry, that features the Learjet, Challenger and Global families and innovative services including its leading Flexjet fractional ownership, Skyjet's international charter program, and the new Corporate Shuttle Solutions concept.

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