Bombardier Aerospace today announced two new international milestones for its light Bombardier Learjet 40 business jet, with a recent first order from an operator based in Saudi Arabia, and the upcoming entry-into-service of the first Learjet 40 aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mohamed Al Harasani, who placed a firm order in mid-July, will use his new jet to develop and expand his architectural business in Saudi Arabia, flying mostly throughout the region including trips into the Mediterranean area.
"My business has grown to where it did not make sense to continue flying charter," he observed. "I need my own business jet and, after a thorough examination, it became clear the Learjet 40 delivers the ideal combination of performance, range and cabin."
Bombardier is scheduled to deliver the aircraft to the Jeddah-based operator in summer 2006.
Subic Air Charter of Manila, a long time Learjet aircraft operator, will soon become the first model 40 customer in Asia-Pacific. "We believe the exceptional value, performance and versatility of the Learjet 40 make it well-suited for both local and regional missions," noted Jose Alvarez, president, Subic International Air Charter Inc. "The Learjet 40 will complement our fleet very well - we can't wait to begin flying it." Subic International Air Charter Inc. currently operates five Learjet aircraft including a super light Learjet 45 and a midsize Learjet 60. Bombardier is on schedule to deliver Subic's new aircraft in autumn 2005.
The Learjet 40 aircraft is earning a reputation worldwide as the industry's premium light jet. It can operate at altitudes up to 51,000 feet (15,545 m). With full fuel and a maximum payload, it can fly up to 1,824 nautical miles (3,387 km), and leads its class in payload-range capability for all missions with payloads greater than 1,000 pounds (454 kg). The new jet's 368-cubic-feet cabin (10.42-cu-m) is at least 20 per cent larger than the competition.
First delivery occurred in January 2004 and, as of July 31, 2005 a total of 27 Learjet 40 aircraft had been delivered to traditional customers, Bombardier Flexjet owners and charter operators.
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