Bombardier Aerospace today announced that ExecuJet Aviation Group of Zurich, Switzerland has placed firm orders for six Learjet 85 aircraft. Bombardier announced the sale of the all new fully-composite jet in conjunction with a Learjet 85 performance briefing, at the ongoing European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The order is valued at approximately $103 million U.S., based on the 2008 list price of typically equipped aircraft.
“The Learjet 85 program was met with tremendous customer approval from the start, when we first began introducing it to customers last fall. From the very beginning, ExecuJet was keen to invest in this exciting new platform,” said Bob Horner, senior vice-president, sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are encouraged by ExecuJet’s interest in our newest Learjet model, and their continued interest in our wide range of business jets.”
ExecuJet Aviation Group is a leading global business aviation organization offering a diverse range of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions management and fixed base operations.
Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, ExecuJet Aviation Group has operations in four regions -Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia. The new Learjet 85 aircraft will join ExecuJet's existing charter fleet which includes 29 Bombardier business jets operating worldwide.
“Our longstanding relationship with Bombardier is rooted in our confidence in the exceptional quality of aircraft they continue to design and produce,” said Niall Olver, chief executive officer, ExecuJet Aviation Group. “The Learjet 85 aircraft, will fill a very valuable niche in the market, and allow us to continue to offer our customers the newest and most innovative products.”
The new Learjet 85 - redefining the midsize business jet class
Launched on October 30, 2007 the new Learjet 85 aircraft will be the first Bombardier Aerospace jet to feature an all-composite structure and will be the first all-composite structure business jet designed for type certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR
An extraordinary advancement in next generation flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft’s all-composite structure will allow Learjet designers to maximize cabin comfort while minimizing drag and improving performance. Designed to provide a larger, more comfortable cabin than any existing midsize aircraft, this jet will offer eight passengers a stand-up cabin built to ensure superior productivity and comfort.
Building on legendary Learjet performance
True to its legendary heritage, the Learjet 85 aircraft is set to deliver the extraordinary performance, superior technology and exceptional value Learjet aircraft owners expect. Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, the aircraft engines each boast 6,100 pounds of take-off thrust, while the low-emission combuster offers reduced environmental impact. The clean-sheet Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*.
The new Learjet 85 flight deck combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in technological advancements from Rockwell Collins – the new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite – is once again paired with superior design aesthetics from world-renowned design consultancy firm Design Q, to create the ultimate Learjet flight control environment.
Learjet is the first name in corporate aviation. Since acquiring Learjet Inc. in 1990, Bombardier Aerospace has carried forward the brand’s proud legacy by launching eight high-performance and fuel-efficient aircraft.
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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* Learjet 85 long-range cruise speed of M.78 with two crew, four passengers (200 lb each) and 100 NM NBAA IFR reserves. Assumes standard BOW, sea level departure and landing, unrestricted climb, cruise and descent with zero wind and standard (ISA) conditions en route.
Statements about performance and design as stated in this document are solely based on projections and forecasts, and are subject to change without notice.
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