Europe’s EASA Approves Honeywell TFE-731-20br Engine For Bombardier Learjet 45 XR Super Light Business Jet

Bombardier today announced that it has received regulatory approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Honeywell TFE-731-20BR engine upgrade.

The approval allows Bombardier to begin delivering production aircraft to Bombardier Learjet 45 XR customers in any of EASA’s 25-member countries. Bombardier will also issue a service bulletin along with revisions to the aircraft flight manual to current European Learjet 45 operators in December allowing them to upgrade their aircraft at Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services in Berlin, Germany.

The Bombardier Learjet 45 XR delivers greater payload-range capabilities through a 1,000-pound (454-kg) increase in maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and enhanced performance from the -20BR engine upgrade, leading to significantly reduced balanced field length under hot and high conditions.

“This represents another key step to offering a complete Learjet 45 XR package to European operators,” stated Mike Kanaley, vice-president and general manager of Learjet. “This decision, together with EASA’s recent approval allowing the Learjet 45 family to fly in and out of London City Airport, reflects our commitment to meet the special needs of the European market.”

The United States Federal Aviation Administration awarded approval for the Learjet 45 XR in June 2004 and, as of Dec 8, 2004, a total of 20 Learjet 45 XR aircraft had been delivered.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004, were $15.5 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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