Bombardier Delivers 2005 Results, 2006 Outlook

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It was a very good year for most companies in the aerospace industry. As this edition of AVweb's BizAvFlash notes, several companies recently delivered glowing reports of their successes in 2005 along with rosy predictions for the coming year. In no particular order, we'll start with Bombardier Aerospace, which last week said that it delivered 337 aircraft for its fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, compared to 329 deliveries in the previous fiscal year. For business aircraft, the company delivered 186 units, compared to 128 for the same period last year, an increase of 45 percent. Ninety of the business aircraft delivered this fiscal year were of the latest Bombardier business jets: the Global Express XRS, Bombardier Global 5000, Challenger 300 and Learjet 40 XR.

Regional aircraft deliveries totaled 149 aircraft, compared to 200 for the same period last year due largely to a significant reduction in CRJ200 aircraft deliveries. "We are harvesting the fruit of many years of investment in the development of innovative aircraft platforms," said Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace. "Bombardier has generated tremendous market interest worldwide as operators and owners benefit from the superior technology and outstanding value offered by our growing family of aircraft. In the regional aircraft segment, within a context of high oil prices, renewed interest in our highly efficient Q Series turboprop aircraft has also resulted in increased deliveries. We are the leader in the 20- to 90-seat segment and continue to look at new opportunities in the upper end of the regional aircraft market," he added.