Learjet 40s enter customer service
At press time, Bombardier Aerospace expected to have delivered six copies of its newest business jet, the Learjet 40. In January the company delivered the first batch of Learjet 40s–two went to U.S.-based operators, two entered service with Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional-ownership program, one was delivered to a corporate operator based in Germany and the manufacturer expected to hand over one more before the end of last month. The Learjet 40–an approximately $8 million, six-passenger, shortened (by 24.5 inches) version of the approximately $10.3 million, eight-passenger Learjet 45, with most of the same systems–received FAA certification on July 11 under an amendment to the Learjet 45 type certificate. The JAA gave its approval on January 4. The Learjet 40 is the second new Bombardier business jet to enter service in January. The first super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300 joined the Bombardier Flexjet fleet earlier that month.