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Secondary Market Stronger than Predicted for 50-seaters

March 5, 2007

Bombardier's Rod Sheridan, part of the company's asset management division, says the after market for the 50-seat RJ is much stronger than anticipated and, in fact, he would not have predicted the increasing interest among corporate operators. "Bombardier and Embraer did the right thing," he said, in taking exception to last week's story questioning residuals for the 50 seaters. "We took our foot off the accelerator and allowed the secondary market to develop." He noted that the market for the 50-seater is very tight noting that Northwest did not take a handful of aircraft which ended up finding homes as Challenger 850s.

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