Bombardier Wins Orders For Two Learjet 60 XR Jets From European Operators

Bombardier Aerospace today highlighted the surging demand for its business aircraft in Europe with two firm orders for its new Bombardier Learjet 60 XR midsize jet.

Nove Holding, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, became the European launch customer for the Learjet 60 XR aircraft. “We consider it a great advantage to be the first operator in Europe and I personally look forward to travelling to and from destinations across the continent on this exciting new jet,” said company principal Vassil Bojkov.

More recently, a customer in the Czech Republic has purchased the second European Learjet 60 XR jet, to be managed by ABS Jets of Prague. “We are confident that our clientele will be impressed by the new level of style, comfort and functionality in the Learjet 60 XR aircraft’s spacious stand-up cabin. We look forward to offering it for charter throughout Europe,” said Marian Jancarik, managing director, ABS Jets.

Bombardier is positioned as one of the leading players in the European business aviation market due to its broad portfolio of business aircraft and services.

“Over the past five years, Bombardier has shown leadership and vision in Europe. We’ve played a pioneering role by successfully establishing our innovative products and services in growth markets like Russia and the Ukraine, while continuing to gain ground in traditional markets through our total transportation solutions and commitment to unsurpassed customer support,” noted Jahid Fazal-Karim, senior vice-president, new aircraft sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are very much at home here and are tremendously pleased with the opportunity to guide and grow business aviation across the continent.”

Bombardier continues to expand its service and support presence in Europe. In August 2005, it began operations at its new parts warehouse in Frankfurt and, in February 2006,
the Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services facility opened a new Learjet hangar, almost doubling the available maintenance area, at Berlin.

Introduced in November 2005, the Learjet 60 XR aircraft retains the unbeatable combination of value and high-speed performance of its Learjet 60 heritage, while adding a state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and a redesigned cabin. These features, together with legendary Learjet 60 performance attributes – best in class time to climb, impressive cruise speed and low operating costs – raise the bar for the midsize jet category on every count.

First flight of the Learjet 60 XR occurred in April 2006. As of July 14, the aircraft had flown a total of 23 flights totalling over 42 flight hours. Aircraft certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2006, and the first Learjet 60 XR aircraft is on target to enter service in the first quarter of calendar year 2007.

In June, Bombardier celebrated the milestone delivery of the 300th Learjet 60 aircraft manufactured by Bombardier Learjet in Wichita.  

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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 US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD).
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