Bombardier Aerospace today announced two major milestones for its legendary Learjet program: the manufacture of the 300th Learjet 45 and
the 300th Learjet 60 aircraft, both leaders in their respective categories.
A U.S.-based distributor of agricultural products accepted the 300th Learjet 45 super-light jet, while an operator based in Finland accepted the 300th Learjet 60 midsize aircraft. Both delivery ceremonies took place at the site where Bill Lear revolutionized aviation by designing and building the world’s first true business jet some 44 years ago.
Since acquiring Learjet Inc. in 1990, Bombardier has carried on the proud Learjet legacy by launching eight high-performance Learjet models, the most recent being the new
Learjet 60 XR, currently in a comprehensive flight test and certification program.
“Sixteen years ago, Bombardier made a commitment to invest in new Learjet aircraft programs. This twin delivery milestone is a testament to the wisdom of that vision and to the enduring popularity of the legendary Learjet business jet,” said Mike Kanaley, vice-president and general manager, Learjet. “Our current family, the Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR and Learjet 60 XR, is the best Learjet line-up to date and combines superior performance and range.”
Launched in 1992, the powerful and proven Learjet 45 aircraft flies faster and farther, with more passengers. This eight-to-nine passenger jet provides enhanced fuel efficiency, strong reliability and built-in maintainability. Introduced in 2002, the Bombardier Learjet 45 XR aircraft delivers impressive time-to-climb performance and faster high-speed cruise at all altitudes with superior hot and high performance. The Learjet 45 XR aircraft is certified to fly up to 51,000 feet (15,454 m), above traffic congestion and inclement weather.
Launched in 1990, the Learjet 60 aircraft delivers transcontinental range, outstanding climb capabilities, sophisticated systems and proven, fuel-efficient engines. The option-rich Special Edition Learjet 60, currently in production, quickly established itself as the best equipped midsize jet.
Its successor, the next generation Bombardier Learjet 60 XR aircraft was launched at NBAA in November 2005. It features an advanced cockpit and a stand-up cabin redesigned for style, comfort, and functionality. Its highlights include a wide aisle, generous seated head and shoulder room, LED lighting throughout the cabin, and four executive seating floor plans.
The Learjet 60 XR aircraft successfully executed a rigorous two-hour, 20-minute first flight on April 3, 2006 and is currently in a flight test and certification program. Certification of the flight deck by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected in the third quarter of 2006,
with certification by Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency expected shortly thereafter. The first Learjet 60 XR aircraft is slated to enter service in the first quarter of 2007.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion U.S. and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD).
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