Bombardier, a global aerospace and transportation company, today, 25 April 2019, hosted a group of Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust learners to its rail equipment factory in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The learners were offered a ride on the Gautrain commuter rail system and were then taken on a tour of a Uganda Airlines CRJ900 aircraft, notably the first Bombardier CRJ Series aircraft equipped with the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in Africa.
“Investing in South Africa for over 25 years, I am delighted to be here with the learners from various schools in Alexandra Township to celebrate this important milestone. This Ride and Flight of Dreams is keeping with Bombardier’s focus on supporting child development and education in the communities where we operate. We take immense pride in being able to contribute and shape their dreams of riding and flying via this unique initiative, together with our long-term partner in South Africa, the Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust,” says Oscar Vazquez, Bombardier Transportation Head of Africa, Nordics, Iberia, Italy, Latin America, India and Middle East.
“We value our relationship within the communities where we evolve and we were very pleased to be able to participate in this unique opportunity to show this beautiful aircraft, wearing the Uganda Airlines colours, to the local learners from Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust. The CRJ900 aircraft that is on display today is participating on a demo tour showing the new ATMOSPHÈRE interior in a number of African countries, said Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft,” says Jean-Paul Boutibou, Bombardier Commercial Aircract VP for Sales in Middle East and Africa region.
The Gautrain system, a South African rail project, involved Bombardier to deliver 96 BOMBARDIER ELECTROSTAR vehicles along with maintaining the fleet for 15 years.
Bombardier has invested ZAR5.1 million across South Africa for social investment causes.