Bombardier today announced the delivery into service of the 100th manufactured Learjet 40 XR light business jet to Northern Jet Management, an aircraft management and shared ownership company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. A special delivery ceremony was held on May 30 at Bombardier’s Learjet assembly facility in Wichita to highlight the program milestone.
The new Learjet 40 XR joins The Company Jet fleet, Northern Jet’s shared ownership program, which currently features three Learjet 40 XR and one Learjet 45 XR aircraft. The Company Jet’s fleet is based at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.
“The Learjet 40 XR jets are a great addition to The Company Jet fleet. This high-performance aircraft offers our fractional jet owners greater range and faster travel times, increases our client’s productivity and provide them with significant advantages over their competitors that still fly on commercial airlines”, said Charles R. (Chuck) Cox, president, Northern Jet Management. “We are thrilled that our valued strategic partner Bombardier Learjet delivered their milestone aircraft, the 100th Learjet 40 XR aircraft, to Northern Jet Management. ”
Northern Jets’ association with Learjet dates back to the early 1960’s, when Northern Air, its sister company, purchased a new Learjet aircraft.
“This milestone delivery for the Learjet program clearly highlights our customers’ confidence in Learjet aircraft. We are delighted that Northern Jet has selected the high-performance Learjet 40 XR aircraft to contribute to the ongoing growth of their shared ownership program,” said Ed Thomas, regional vice-president, Learjet Sales, United States, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Since acquiring Learjet in 1990, Bombardier has carried forward the brand’s proud legacy by launching eight high-performance and fuel-efficient Learjet aircraft.
Learjet 40 XR
The six-to-seven passenger Learjet 40 XR aircraft features the widest and most spacious cabin in its class and a full aft lavatory. This premium light jet delivers impressive time-to-climb performance under all conditions – particularly in hot and high operating environments – requiring only 23 minutes to reach 43,000 feet (13,106 m)**. The Learjet 40 XR jet can connect Detroit-Phoenix non-stop**.
About Northern Air
For over 60 years, Northern Jet and Northern Air, have brought service excellence to passengers, pilots and operators, through aircraft management, sales, operation and maintenance, service and customer services. The Company Jet was established in 2002 to offer shared jet ownership to business customers.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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**Under certain operating conditions.