U.S. FAA Approves Honeywell TFE 731-20BR Engine for Bombardier Learjet 45 XR Business Jet

Super light jet on schedule to enter service within weeks.

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has received regulatory approval from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Honeywell TFE731-20BR engine upgrade.

The FAA approval paves the way for Bombardier to begin delivering production aircraft in the U.S. with the improved engine performance later this month. Bombardier will also issue a service bulletin this month to current Learjet* 45 operators allowing them to upgrade their aircraft at a Bombardier Aircraft Services facility.

Certifying the -20BR engine upgrade provides the final step for Bombardier to offer a complete Learjet 45 XR package. The Bombardier Learjet 45 XR is designed to deliver greater payload-range capabilities through a 1,000-pound (454-kg) increase in maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and enhanced performance from its Honeywell TFE731-20BR turbofan engines, leading to significantly reduced balanced field lengths at higher temperatures.

“With certification now official, the Bombardier Learjet 45 XR becomes the leader in the key performance criteria in the super light segment, ” declared Mike Kanaley, vice-president and general manager, Learjet, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft. “The aircraft now delivers enhanced performance at high altitudes, in hot temperatures, and will fly approximately 2,000 nautical miles (3,717 km) with eight passengers, two crew and full fuel,” observed Mr. Kanaley.

For example, out of Aspen, Col., the TFE731-20BR-equipped Bombardier Learjet 45 XR will fly approximately 1,000 nautical miles (1,852 km) further with eight passengers than the TFE731-20AR-equipped Bombardier Learjet 45.

Based on the proven Learjet 45 platform, of which there are currently more than 240 jets in daily service worldwide, the Learjet 45 XR shares all major systems and benefits making it among the most technologically advanced aircraft in its class.

Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is on schedule for the fourth quarter of 2004.

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Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
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