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US-Bangla Airlines of Bangladesh to Launch its First Operations with Two Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/13/14 -- Singapore Airshow - Bombardier Aerospace today welcomed Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines Ltd. to the family of Q400 aircraft operators. The airline has acquired two previously owned Q400 turboprop aircraft from a third party and as publicly noted by US-Bangla, it is scheduled to commence domestic operations as of April 2014.

"The Q400 aircraft was selected by US-Bangla Airlines as the best aircraft to provide reliable, comfortable and affordable air transportation to passengers," said Mohammed Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director, US-Bangla Airlines. "Utilizing the Q400 aircraft's unparalleled performance, we will work to open new markets and create greater connectivity in our region."

"We are proud to welcome another airline to our Q400 aircraft family, and congratulate US-Bangla Airlines on becoming the first operator of the aircraft in Bangladesh," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The Q400 aircraft's performance attributes and operational flexibility provide an outstanding platform for the launch of US-Bangla Airlines' operations, and offer the airline a great opportunity to fulfill its vision of becoming an aviation leader in Asia."

Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 aircraft can quickly climb to turbulence-free altitudes, and provides the best passenger comfort in its category.

About Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft

Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops are the advanced successors to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul operations, the "comfortably greener" Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprops that provide an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint.

Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 486 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 295 million passengers and have logged over 4.7 million flight hours and more than 5 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes over 50 customers and operators in over 30 countries on five continents.

About US-Bangla Airlines

US-Bangla Airlines is one of the sister concerns of the US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint-venture company. The airline company was registered in 2010, and is planning to launch domestic flights in April 2014, with two Dash 8/Q400 aircraft. The start-up is aiming at direct, international flights to the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Far East, Australia, Canada and Japan, after consolidating its regional market. For more information and reservations, visit www.us-banglaairlines.com/.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to editors

Please visit Bombardier's Web site dedicated to its upcoming events at the international Singapore Airshow: airshows.bombardier.com.

Images of Q400 aircraft in US-Bangla Airlines' livery are posted with this press release at www.bombardier.com.

Additional information on the Q400 NextGen aircraft is available at www.q400nextgen.com.

Follow @Bombardier_Aero on Twitter to receive the latest news and updates from Bombardier Aerospace.

Bombardier, Dash 8, NextGen, Q400 and The Evolution of Mobility are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
[email protected]

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