China Grants Type Approval For Bombardier Learjet 45 Super Light Business Jet

Bombardier today announced it has received full type approval for the Bombardier Learjet 45 super light business jet from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

In addition to paving the way for operators to register Bombardier Learjet 45 aircraft across China, this approval by the CAAC also extends to other aircraft in the Learjet 40-series business jet family, which includes the Bombardier Learjet 40, Learjet 40 XR and Learjet 45 XR.

The first civil operator to benefit from this approval will be Global Wings of Tokyo, Japan, which plans to base two Learjet 45 XR jets in Beijing, China, and soon begin executive charter operations in that country. The company will also offer on-demand charter between China and Japan – the first time such a service will be available between the two countries on a super light corporate jet.

“Demand for business jet travel throughout Asia continues to grow and this is a key development in China, almost historic in its significance to our customers and to their charter passengers,” stated David Dixon, regional vice-president, sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “For the first time, passengers will have easy, flexible access to business centers in China.”

Certificated to FAR Part 25, Amendment 77, the Bombardier Learjet 45 is now approved for civil operation in more than 38 countries worldwide.
Designed to operate with both full passenger load and fuel, the Bombardier Learjet 45 XR can fly approximately 2,000 nautical miles (3,717 km) with eight passengers and two crew.

It is capable of operating at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.81 (534 mph; 859 km/hr) and, thanks to enhanced Honeywell TFE731-20-BR turbofan engines, it delivers superior performance at high altitudes and in hot temperatures.

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