Bombardier Learjet 45 XR makes first-ever appearance in Middle East

High-performance business jet to excel in hot and high conditions

Bombardier Aerospace, which this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of Learjet*, today marked the Middle Eastern debut of its new Bombardier Learjet 45 XR, an enhanced version of the popular Bombardier Learjet 45 super-light business jet.

“The Learjet 45 XR takes legendary Learjet performance to the next level, with shorter takeoff distances under hot and high conditions, enhanced payload, more range, faster time to climb, and a cruise speed that is fastest in its class,” said Mike Fahey, regional vice-president, sales, Middle East and Africa, Business Aircraft. “We are delighted to introduce the aircraft at this air show. It promises to offer unprecedented levels of comfort and value to Middle East operators flying into Europe, Africa or Asia.”

The Bombardier Learjet 45 XR on static display during the Dubai Air Show features a redesigned interior incorporating superior comfort, increased functionality and optimized lighting. Improvements from the base Learjet 45 model include six inches (15.24 cm) more legroom in the cabin, two inches (5.08 cm) increased seat width, and more galley storage. Total cabin volume, from cockpit divider to the end of the pressurized compartment is 410 cubic feet (11.61 cu. m). The aircraft features eight spacious passenger seats in double club configuration and luxuriously appointed mahogany wood and gold trim throughout the cabin, galley and lavatory.

The Learjet 45 XR will be able to carry eight passengers and two crew a maximum of 2,007 nautical miles (3,717 km) at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.81 (534 mph; 859 km/hr) and altitudes up to 51,000 feet (15,545 m).

Non-stop capability out of Riyadh includes New Delhi, N’Djamena and Warsaw, while from Dubai the aircraft offers non-stop service to Colombo, Nairobi and Moscow, among other key destinations.

The new Bombardier Learjet 45 XR will be powered by new performance enhanced Honeywell TFE731-20BR engines and offer a 1,000-pound increase in maximum take-off weight, providing added flexibility and greater range over competing aircraft in the same category.

The Learjet 45 XR was introduced in July 2002 at the Farnborough Air Show, along with the Bombardier Learjet 40, a sleek aircraft designed to meet customer needs in the evolving light business jet segment. The Learjet 45 XR program has already certified the 1,000-pound takeoff weight increase along with the new interior. Engine certification is expected in the first quarter of 2004.

Current operators of the Bombardier Learjet 45 will be able to upgrade their aircraft to the performance level of the Learjet 45 XR through service bulletins available from Bombardier Aerospace.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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Information:
Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
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