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LUFTHANSA CITYLINE TO BEGIN FLYING CANADAIR REGIONAL JET

 LUFTHANSA CITYLINE TO BEGIN FLYING CANADAIR REGIONAL JET
 FARNBOROUGH, U.K., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division today announced that it will deliver the first production Canadair Regional Jet airliner in approximately six weeks.
 Lufthansa CityLine, will begin flying the new-generation 50-passenger airliner for its winter timetable. Based in Kriftel, Germany, Lufthansa CityLine is the European launch customer for the Canadair Regional Jet, having signed a purchase agreement for up to 35 aircraft in May 1990.
 Route proving with the aircraft will begin immediately following the Farnborough International Air Show, where the twinjet will be participating in the daily flying display. The aircraft will then be used exclusively by Lufthansa Cityline to train 36 pilots.
 Following the initial delivery, aircraft will follow at about one per month. All 13 of the airline's initial order will be delivered by fall 1993, while options on 12 additional aircraft call for deliveries to be completed by the third quarter of 1995.
 Canadair Regional Jet service will be introduced by Lufthansa CityLine on 11 intra-European routes between October and February.
 "We are working very closely with Lufthansa CityLine to ensure that everyone is ready and that all systems and procedures are in place to properly support our launch customer," said Robert A. Wohl, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division.
 Beginning mid-September, Bombardier field service representatives and a start-up team of customer support specialists will be based at Lufthansa CityLine's maintenance facility in Cologne to provide round-the-clock support for the fleet.
 By year-end, a total of 60 Lufthansa CityLine pilots, 60 flight attendants and 100 maintenance and engineering personnel will have been trained on the new twinjet. Many of these already have received training at the Canadair Regional Jet training centre in Montreal. It features a level D full flight simulator which received interim certification from Transport Canada in May (final certification will occur on incorporation of final flight test data by simulator manufacturer CAE Electronics).
 Flight training for pilots at a sister facility at Berlin-Schonefeld Airport, a joint venture of Canadair, Lufthansa CityLine and CAE, is schduled to begin in November. General familiarization and maintenance training will continue to be based in Montreal.
 The Canadair Regional Jet was awarded Type Approval by Transport Canada July 31, 1992, following a 14-month flight test and certification program involving three test aircraft and 1,400 flying hours.
 Flight tests revealed that the new twinjet airliner is almost 10 percent more fuel efficient under specific conditions than originally predicted, climbs faster, reaches a higher initial cruise altitude, has lower block fuel consumption and a substantial increase in payload/range.
 Tests have also revealed that it is the world's quietest jet airliner, operating well within the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's stringent Stage 3 noise regulations.
 Following introduction to revenue service with Lufthansa CityLine, the Canadair Regional Jet will begin deliveries to North American launch customer Comair, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
 The Canadair Regional Jet can cruise at speeds up to 530 mph (850km/h) with a range of 1,860 miles (3,000 km) at an operating ceiling up to 41,000 ft. (12,496 m).
 The Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division offers the most complete family of regional aircraft currently available, including the Canadair Regional Jet and the de Havilland Dash 8 family of turboprop airliners.
 Bombardier Inc., a Canadian corporation with 32,000 employees internationally and sales of more than $3 billion (Cdn), is engaged in the fields of aerospace, transportation and motorized consumer products.
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 /CONTACT: Colin Fisher, 416-375-3030; or Farnborough: Bombardier Press Chalet, 0252-381710, both for Bombardier/ CO: Bombardier ST: IN: AIR SU


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