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LAUDA AIR ORDERS UP TO 12 CANADAIR REGIONAL JET AIRCRAFT

 CANNES, France, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division announced today that Austria's Lauda Air Luftfahrt has signed a contract for six Canadair Regional Jet aircraft with options for six additional aircraft. The announcement was made at the opening of the European Regional Airline annual conference here.
 A preliminary agreement had been reached earlier in September, and the details of that agreement have now been finalized, say company officials. Under terms of the contract, deliveries will begin in early 1994. Value of the firm aircraft orders is approximately US$127 million.
 "We are delighted to add Lauda Air to the growing list of airlines that have recognized the unique value of the Canadair Regional Jet," said Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division President Pierre Lortie. "This order strengthens the Canadair Jet in Europe where the launch customer, Lufthansa CityLine, has been operating the aircraft from its Cologne base since November of last year."
 Lauda Air intends to inaugurate Canadair Regional Jet service with Lufthansa from a new Vienna hub in April of next year, with preliminary routes including Turin, Bologne, Berlin, Cologne, Paris (Orly), Manchester and Oslo. The airline currently operates scheduled and charter service with four Boeing 767s and four 737s. On scheduled service, Lauda Air operates to Munich, London Gatwick, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Phuket, Hong Kong, Miami and Los Angeles.
 "The Canadair Regional Jet is the only 50-seat jet on the market. It is ideally sized to replace larger aircraft on unprofitable routes and extend regional routes out from hubs on longer point-to-point services," Lortie said. "Being the quietest jet aircraft in service, it can operate without restriction in noise-sensitive airports and emissions are well below current and proposed international criteria."
 There are currently 54 firm orders among seven customers for the Canadair Regional Jet, with 19 aircraft now in service in Europe and North America. Current operators include Lufthansa CityLine, COMAIR and Xerox. Deliveries to additional airlines -- SkyWest and Air Canada, as well as Lauda Air -- are scheduled to be made in 1994.
 Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division and Canadair are units of Bombardier Inc., a Canadian corporation with more than 34,000 employees internationally and annual sales of more than $4.4 billion. The company is engaged in the fields of aerospace, transportation and motorized consumer products.
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 /CONTACT: Colin Fisher, 416-375-3030, or in Cannes, 33-92-98-73-00/


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