Bombardier delivered a Global 5000 to Lebanon-based Jana Aviation last week. The ultra-long-range jet will be managed by Executive Aircraft Services and based in Beirut, Lebanon. This aircraft joined a Bombardier Challenger 300 already in operation in Executive Aircraft Services’ fleet.
Bombardier Flexjet has confirmed the first firm orders for three of the airframer’s new Learjet 70s. In May, the fractional provider announced plans to become the launch customer for the new light jet and the Learjet 75, both of which are derivatives of the 40-series Learjets.
Bombardier Aerospace’s latest annual 20-year forecast of the market for single-aisle airliners and business jets generally sees these sectors “trending positively” as they continue to recover from the downturn in deliveries that began in 2009. Broadly speaking, the Canadian airframer’s forecasters see the commercial aircraft market (up to 145 seats) taking a hit from dips in global domestic product (GDP) around the world and inflated oil prices.
Fractional-share provider NetJets has ordered up to 425 Bombardier and Cessna jets worth as much as $9.6 billion, with deliveries to begin in 2015. The purchase is the largest general aviation aircraft order in history and includes a firm order for 75 Bombardier Challenger 300s (plus options on another 125), a firm order for 25 Challenger 605s (plus options on 50 more) and and a firm order for 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes (plus options on an additional 125).
Bombardier Aerospace “is confident in the strong, long-term potential of the business aircraft industry” and, in its latest 20-year forecast for the business aircraft market, released today, it predicts deliveries of 24,000 business jets (excluding very light jets and bizliners) worth $648 billion from 2012 to 2031. Broken down in 10-year increments, the forecast anticipates 9,800 business jet deliveries worth $266 billion from 2012 to 2021 and 14,200 deliveries worth $382 billion from 2022 to 2031.
Richmond, B.C.-based London Air Services placed a firm order for five Learjet 75s worth some $65 million, Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday. The order makes the aircraft charter firm the launch Canadian customer for the light jet, a derivative of the Learjet 45 announced last month at EBACE. London Air currently has a fleet of five Learjet 45XRs, a Challenger 604 and two Challenger 605s. It also has a Global 7000 on order for delivery in 2017.
CAE (Stand 468) has announced it has become an authorized training provider for Bombardier’s Learjet 31 and Learjet 60, in addition to the Learjet 40XR, 45, 45XR, 60XR; Challenger 300, 604, 605; and Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS business jets. Training for pilots ranges from classroom-based courses to level-D flight simulators.
Bombardier drew a huge crowd yesterday at the EBACE show as it announced two new aircraft types in the light-midsized jet segment: the Learjet 70 and 75. “We are pleased to be building on the Learjet heritage and forecast a strong recovery in the business aviation market,” declared Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Jordan’s Arab Wings has become the first Middle East operator to fly Bombardier’s Global 5000 aircraft with its new Vision flight deck suite.
Bombardier Aerospace is conducting a Learjet 60XR demo tour this week in Poland. The tour, which started yesterday, is being done in conjunction with Polish-based charter firm Blue Jet, with stops for private viewings planned in Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan and Gdansk, as well as a media viewing during the Warsaw leg. “This is an exciting tour for Bombardier and Blue Jet,” said Bombardier Business Jets vice president of sales for Russia, CIS, Central/Eastern Europe, China, Asia-Pacific and Australia.