LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2013) - Bombardier shared new details of its progress on the Learjet 70, Learjet 75 and Learjet 85 aircraft programs during a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
"As we mark the 50th anniversary of Learjet this year, it's a very exciting time for us to be sharing tremendous progress on our new Learjet aircraft programs," said Ralph Acs, Vice President and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "We are very much focused on achieving the first Learjet 85 aircraft flight before the end of this year, and we are currently in the delivery process of the first Learjet 75 jets. These milestones are a testament to the enduring legacy and popularity of the world's very first business jet, the Learjet aircraft," he added.
Learjet 70/ Learjet 75 aircraft program
Bombardier has commenced the delivery process with its initial customers. Certification and first deliveries of the Learjet 70 aircraft will follow later this year. The new Learjet production hangar in Wichita for the Learjet 70, Learjet 75 and Learjet 85 aircraft programs is now ready and operational.
The new Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft build on legendary Learjet strengths and successes while leveraging Learjet 85 technology. The aircraft will feature a completely new modern design interior, a new cabin management system, the Bombardier Vision flight deck with a state-of-the-art avionics suite, superior aircraft performance and low operating costs.
Learjet 85 aircraft program
The Learjet 85 aircraft program is making headway towards its first flight, which is expected to take place before the end of the year. Building of the first Learjet 85 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1) is now complete.
The Complete Aircraft Static Test (CAST) article has completed its structural safety of flight testing at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).
The program is now close to complete on system supplier requirements for safety of flight. The manufacture of the fuselage and wing for the second Flight Test Vehicle (FTV2) are complete. The fuselage has been shipped to Wichita from Mexico and the wing is being readied for shipment. Other Flight Test Vehicles are in various stages of assembly in Mexico and with our suppliers.