Bombardier Marks The End Of The Year Of Learjet And Heralds The Future With Open House Celebration

  • First manufactured Learjet 35 aircraft on display in Wichita
  • New Learjet 85 mock-up makes Wichita debut

The Year of Learjet has drawn to a close with a weekend celebration at the Bombardier Learjet facility in Wichita, Kansas. Customers, distinguished guests and Learjet employees celebrated the 45th anniversary of the first flight of a Learjet aircraft, which occurred on October 7, 1963 and heralded the future with the Wichita debut of the all-new Learjet 85 midsize business jet mock-up.

Wichita’s Mayor Brewer was among local dignitaries in attendance at the October 25th open house celebration. Highlights included a commemorative ceremony for the first manufactured Learjet 35 aircraft, now on permanent display at the Learjet assembly facility, and a static display featuring 11 Bombardier aircraft.

“The Learjet 35-001 jet played a key role in the development of the Learjet business jet family and the tremendous success of today’s Learjet aircraft,” said David Coleal, vice-president and general manager, Learjet. “Now, the new Learjet 85 aircraft brings new excitement and growth to both our amazing product line and our production facilities. Our Learjet heritage is strong and we look towards an even brighter future.”

Bombardier Learjet 85 mock-up now home in Wichita
Bombardier Aerospace first revealed its new all-composite Learjet 85 aircraft interior to customers and special guests on October 6th at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention and exhibition in Orlando.

Designed to provide a larger, more comfortable cabin than any existing midsize aircraft, the
Learjet 85 aircraft’s 665 ft3 (18.8 m3) cabin is the largest Learjet aircraft cabin ever – offering eight passengers a stand-up environment built to ensure superior productivity.
A key element of the aircraft’s cabin is its large windows, measuring approximately
12 x16 inches (30.5 X 40.6 cm), maximizing the amount of natural light into the aircraft as well as passenger viewing capability.

The standard double club configuration floorplan features a generous 30-in (76.2-cm) pitch between the seats, a full service galley, full lavatory, three large storage closets, providing in-flight access to a total of 30 ft3 (0.85 m3)of storage space. All cabin seats are fully berthable with the capability to deploy four at any time for optimum comfort.

The new Learjet 85 aircraft - redefining the midsize business jet class
Launched on October 30, 2007, the new Learjet 85 aircraft will be the first Bombardier Aerospace jet to feature an all-composite structure and will be the first all-composite structure business jet designed for type certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR
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An extraordinary advancement in next generation flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft’s all-composite structure will allow Learjet aircraft designers to maximize cabin comfort while minimizing drag and improving performance.

Building on legendary Learjet aircraft performance
True to its legendary heritage, the Learjet 85 aircraft is set to deliver the extraordinary performance, superior technology and exceptional value Learjet aircraft owners expect.
The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, each boasting 6,100 pounds of take-off thrust each at sea level 86°F (30°C) and low noise levels, while the advanced low NOx emission combuster offers reduced environmental impact. The clean-sheet Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*.

The new Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in technological advancements from Rockwell Collins – the new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite – is once again paired with superior design aesthetics to create the ultimate Learjet flight control environment.

Learjet is the first name in corporate aviation. Since acquiring Learjet Inc. in 1990, Bombardier Aerospace has carried forward the brand’s proud legacy by launching eight high-performance and fuel-efficient aircraft.

* The Learjet 85 long-range cruise speed of M.78 with two crew, four passengers (200 lb each) and 100 NM NBAA IFR reserves. Assumes standard BOW, sea level departure and landing, unrestricted climb, cruise and descent with zero wind and standard (ISA) conditions en route.
Statements about performance and design as stated in this document are solely based on projections and forecasts, and are subject to change without notice.

Learjet 85, Learjet and Bombardier are all registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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Danielle Boudreau
Bombardier Business Aircraft