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BOMBARDIER REGIONAL AIRCRAFT FOCUSES ON 70-SEAT MARKET WITH FRESH LOOK AT DASH 8 SERIES 400

 PARIS, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Bombardier today said an intensive review of data accumulated on the proposed high-speed de Havilland Dash 8 Series 400 as well as on the 70-seat aircraft worldwide market has been completed and shows that the Series 400 is the right aircraft to meet customer demands and that there is an early need for such a product in the marketplace.
 "We see the Series 400 as a low-cost, low-risk venture that would maintain a dominant market share for the de Havilland Dash 8 family of aircraft," says Robert A. Wohl, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division. "A great deal of preliminary design and definition work was done on the Series 400 prior to Bombardier's acquisition of de Havilland Inc. -- about U.S.$15 million already had been invested in the program -- and recent design refinements in the wing and new technological developments make it possible to create an airframe and systems well suited for airline service in the 21st century.
 "We are now narrowing the field for engine selection and discussing risk-sharing arrangements with potential partners and vendors," Wohl says. The whole program is built on the most successful current entrant in the modern turboprop market -- the de Havilland Dash 8. The 37- passenger Series 100 and 50-passenger Series 300 are well established with leading airlines worldwide, and the Series 400 is the logical next step for many of those carriers. It will also make the Dash 8 family the most flexible and attractive product line in the modern turboprop marketplace."
 The announcement was made during a press briefing at the Paris International Air Show held here through June 20.
 "The Dash 8 Series 400 at 70 seats and 350-knot cruise speeds has been under consideration for several years, and the design has evolved considerably," he said. "At point of launch, a new Series 400 is estimated to have the lowest seat-mile costs in the regional aircraft industry. A new cockpit including up-to-date avionics combined with the latest in engine technology to fill the need for larger turboprop aircraft later this decade and well into the next century, while adding to the successful Dash 8 family of products."
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 /CONTACT: Colin Fisher of Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division, 416-375-3030; (Paris Chalet) 48-11-13-77/


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