Mexican Learjet 85 Facility Opens
Bombardier Aerospace officially inaugurated its new Learjet 85 component manufacturing facility at the Queretaro Aerospace Park in Mexico. Construction of the 185,000-sq-ft center was completed in July, and fabrication of development parts started soon afterward. Parts for the first Learjet 85 are now being built, Bombardier said. An additional 36,300 sq ft of previously existing space at the Queretaro campus has also been allocated to the Learjet 85 program, for a total of 221,300 sq ft. The Queretaro facility is responsible for building the Learjet 85’s major composite structures, including fuselage lay-up and subsystem installation, wiring harness fabrication and installation, wing assembly and horizontal and vertical stabilizer assemblies. The $18.25 million jet, which will be assembled in Wichita, is scheduled to enter service in 2013.