Swiss operator VistaJet today at EBACE announced a firm order for 18 Bombardier business jets, which will bring its fleet to more than 50 aircraft. The order, valued at $383 million, includes 12 Globals and Challengers and six Learjet 60 XRs. Deliveries should begin next year. Thomas Flohr, founder, owner and chairman of VistaJet, said his company’s current order backlog is valued at $1.3 billion.
The National Aeronautic Association confirmed that a Bombardier Learjet 60XR set a speed record between Wichita and São Paulo. The midsize jet flew the 4,777-nm trip in 11:58 hours, which included time for a fuel stop in Cali, Colombia, on August 8. Piloting the Learjet on the record flight were Bombardier demonstration pilots Chris Walker and Kerry Swanson.
Progress on design and parts fabrication are among the Learjet 85 development milestones Bombardier Aerospace highlighted at NBAA.
Business jet charter, sales and acquisition firm Zenith Jet released a “bottom-up segment dynamics” forecast that predicts 10,940 business jets worth some $208 billion will be delivered this decade. While these numbers are similar to other industry outlooks released over the past year, “Where our forecast differs is that it is built upwards from a segment perspective.
Business jet charter, sales and acquisition firm Zenith Jet has released a “bottom-up segment dynamics” forecast that predicts 10,940 bizjets worth some $208 billion will be delivered this decade.
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Bombardier announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year and for the year ending Jan. 31, 2010.
Total revenues for both commercial and business aircraft totaled $9.4 billion, down slightly from $10 billion in the previous fiscal year, and the total backlog for both sectors was $16.7 billion, compared with $23.5 billion as of Jan. 31, 2009.
German completion and MRO provider Lufthansa Technik has been selected to supply its networked integrated cabin equipment (Nice) system for Bombardier’s new, all-composite Learjet 85.
Bombardier is under commercial pressure to launch a new flagship business jet to rival the Gulfstream G650 as the world’s industry descends on what is the key event for the leading large-bizjet-buying region. With its significant range advantage, the G650 looks to be set to beat Bombardier’s leading model–the Global Express XRS– hands down when it enters service in 2012.