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CANADAIR REGIONAL JET IS THE WORLD'S QUIETEST JET AIRLINER

 CANADAIR REGIONAL JET IS THE WORLD'S QUIETEST JET AIRLINER
 MONTREAL, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to recent test results, the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet is now the world's quietest jet airliner, operating well within the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) stringent Stage 3 noise requirements.
 ''Our findings indicate that Canadair Regional Jet operators can service destinations with some of the strictest airport noise guidelines without restriction or curfew, including Washington National in Washington, D.C., and John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.,'' said Robert Wohl, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division.
 He made the comments at the official announcement of Comair's $45- million expansion project at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
 An official member of the Delta Connection, Comair is the North American launch customer for the Canadair Regional Jet with orders for up to 40 aircraft. It currently serves 61 cities in the United States, the Bahamas and Canada, with hubs in Cincinnati and Orlando, Fla. The Cincinnati hub currently offers over 170 departures each day to 43 nonstop destinations.
 Tests conducted jointly by Canadair and powerplant manufacture General Electric measured three components of noise emission -- takeoff, sideline and approach -- and the Canadair Regional Jet performed well under the stipulated limits in all categories.
 At takeoff, the 23,180-kg (51,000-lb.) Series 100 ER version of the aircraft was rated at 78.6 Effective Perceived Noise decibels (EPNdB), 10.4 dB below the prescribed Stage 3 noise limits. The sideline rating of 82.2 EPNdB was 11.8 dB below Stage 3, while its landing rating of 92.1 EPNdB was 5.9 dB below the allowable maximum.
 These noise ratings place the Canadair Regional Jet significantly below competing turbofan aircraft as well as below other similarly sized turboprop airliners.
 ''As a turboprop operator, we've been well aware of the importance which the FAA places on noise abatement and we are sensitive to the concerns of individuals living near airports,'' said David Mueller, chairman and chief executive officer of COMAIR. ''Now as launch customer for the Canadair Regional Jet, these tests results are especially encouraging.
 ''Throughout the industry, airlines and manufacturers have made great strides in addressing the noise concerns of the FAA and of communities surrounding airports,'' added Mueller. ''COMAIR, Canadair, and GE Aircraft Engines are at the forefront of this activity.''
 The tests demonstrated that the Canadair Regional Jet's 0.5-square- mile noise contour for takeoff and approach at 80 dBA is smaller than currently certified Stage 3 turbofan aircraft.
 The 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet can cruise at speeds of up to 850 km/h (528 mph), with a range of 2,940 km (1,820 miles) and an operating ceiling of up to 12,496 m (41,000 feet). The Regional Jet will allow operators to serve new destinations, increase flight frequencies on existing routes or offer non-stop flights on lower-density routes.
 The Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division markets, sells and supports the Canadair Regional Jet and the de Havilland Dash 8 regional airliners.
 Bombardier Inc. (Toronto: BBD.B) a Canadian corporation with 32,000 employees worldwide and annual sales in excess of $3 billion (Cdn.), is engaged in design, development, manufacturing and marketing activities in the fields of aerospace, transportation equipment and motorized consumer products.
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