July 12, 2012
New Bombardier learjet aircraft on track to enter service in 2013
Bombardier reported that it is on track with its three new Learjet business aircraft as it shared further details of its ongoing development programs.The Learjet 85 aircraft program continues to progress towards first flight with four test aircraft in various stages of fabrication. The first complete pressure fuselage, including the nose and aft fuselage, is undergoing final validation before being shipped from Querétaro, Mexico, to Wichita, Kansas. Work on the first Learjet 85 jet’s wing internal structure is complete in Querétaro and has been moved into the final assembly position for wing plank installation. The assembly of a second wing which will be part of the Static Structural Test Article is well underway. The recently launched Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft program is progressing well and the first two flight test aircraft, a modified Learjet 40 XR jet and a modified Learjet 45 XR aircraft have already logged more than 135 flights, as the two are used to continue to develop the avionics that provide the core of the Learjet aircraft’s Vision Flight Deck.