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CANADAIR REGIONAL JET MEETS MOST STRINGENT CERTIFICATION STANDARDS IN THE WORLD

 DOWNSVIEW, Ontario, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) have issued approval for certification and the United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded type approval to the Canadair Regional Jet, officials of the Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division (TSE: BBD.) announced today. The JAA approval took place last Friday, while the FAA certification was granted today.
 Germany's airworthiness authority (the LBA) quickly followed the JAA approval with type certification for the aircraft. The approval by the JAA clears the way for the airworthiness authorities of other participating nations to grant type certification to the 50-passenger regional twinjet. Those countries include France, Belgium, Holland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria.
 The FAA certification clears the way for operation of the Canadair Regional Jet by airlines in the United States and other jurisdictions which accept the FAA standards. The North American launch customer, Comair of Cincinnati, Ohio, is expected to introduce the Canadair Regional Jet to scheduled service in the first quarter of this year.
 JAA approval means the airplane met the most stringent combined requirements of the member nations that comprise the Authority. This is the first time that a non-European regional aircraft program has gone through this exhaustive evaluation,'' says Bob Wohl, president of the Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division.
 The Canadair Regional Jet has been operated in revenue service by Lufthansa CityLine since early November on Transport Canada type approval, which was granted last July. The airline has reported that the three aircraft in service have demonstrated outstanding operational reliability and said that test-flight program results, which exceeded original performance guarantees, have been fully verified in service.
 The airline said in a statement that the introduction of the world's only 50-seater jet went without any serious hitches, and the first 100 days have confirmed the airline's original high expectations for the aircraft. The first three aircraft logged a total of 1,237 hours of flight time in this period, averaging nine hours per day each, and the airline is predicting an operational reliability rate of more than 99 per cent on average for 1993.
 The most outstanding improvement is the eight-per-cent reduction in fuel consumption in comparison to the original specifications, resulting in savings of more than $100,000 in annual fuel costs for each aircraft. The Canadair Regional Jet flies higher and faster than other jet airliners used on short routes, the airline said.
 The Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division markets and supports the de Havilland Dash 8 family of regional turboprop airliners and the Canadair Regional Jet. de Havilland, Canadair and Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division are units of Bombardier Inc., a Canadian corporation with 32,000 employees internationally and annual sales in excess of $3 billion. Bombardier is involved in the fields of aerospace, transportation and motorized consumer products.
 -0- 1/21/93
 /CONTACT: Colin Fisher of Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division, 416-375-3030/
 (BBD.)


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