First group of new jets flying with traditional customers and Flexjet owners
Bombardier today announced the entry into service of its next generation Learjet 40 XR premium light jet. Five Learjet 40 XR aircraft began flying in January 2006 with operators based in North and Latin America, including three with Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional ownership program.
“I’m impressed with our new Learjet 40 XR,” said Glade Knight, chairman and chief executive officer, Apple Six Hospitality, a Richmond, Virginia-based real-estate investment company.
“The six-passenger cabin is above the standard for this category jet and its outstanding range allows us to fly with ease and comfort throughout Eastern North America and the U.S. Midwest.”
The Learjet 40 XR aircraft’s speed and legendary reputation also made it the ideal choice for the short mission requirements of the Latin American launch customer. “With the fastest speed in its class and shorter takeoff distances under hot and high conditions, the Learjet 40 XR can easily tackle the most demanding mission requirements,” said Jahid Fazal-Karim, senior vice-president, new aircraft sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet 40 XR offers superior performance, value and comfort. It exemplifies our continued investment in our Learjet product family.”
Launched in 2004, the Learjet 40 XR business jet surpasses the outstanding performance of the successful Learjet 40 aircraft by flying even further out of challenging airfields, and by delivering faster time-to-climb performance and shorter flight times. For example, taking off from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at 28 degrees Celsius, carrying six passengers and with full fuel, the new Learjet 40 XR business jet will travel an additional 936 nautical miles (1,733 km) compared to the Learjet 40 model.
Newly upgraded Honeywell TFE731-BR twin turbofan engines power the aircraft. In service on the Learjet 45 XR super light business jet since June 2004, these engines meet the high performance needs of discerning operators.
In addition to delivering new Learjet 40 XR jets from its Wichita facility, Bombardier is also offering Learjet 40 customers the opportunity to upgrade their aircraft. Bombardier issued its
BR engine retrofit service bulletin on November 7, 2005, and the first upgrades were completed in November with North American launch customer Malco Enterprises and U.K. launch customer Palace International.
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