Flexjet, Bombardier’s Texas-based fractional ownership program, launched a Learjet 85 program yesterday. In an interview with AIN today, Flexjet president Fred Reid said the company will take seven aircraft initially, and eventually “a couple of dozen,” with deliveries beginning in the fourth quarter of 2013. He noted that Flexjet’s Learjet 85 prices will be 5 percent below those of the Cessna Sovereign in fractional service.
Bombardier is forging ahead with its Learjet 85 program, a company spokeswoman told AIN at the Paris Air Show. Composite component production at the company’s Mexico facility is advancing, with several parts for the first aircraft now produced using a low-pressure, vacuum-bag, oven-cure process. “We are extremely satisfied with the quality of these composite parts and are now focused on refining our production process,” she said.
Bombardier Aerospace’s all-composite Learjet 85 is on track to enter service in 2013, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer announced at Ebace. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged as work has transitioned from the detail design phase to the build, test and validate phase.
Bombardier Aerospace’s all-composite Learjet 85 is on track for entry-into-service in 2013, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said this week at EBACE. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged as work has transitioned from the detail design phase to the build, test and validate phase.
Charter operator VistaJet has taken luxury a step further with a cabin makeover that includes everything from cashmere blankets to designer uniforms for the crew.
The buying momentum that had been building during the fourth quarter of last year seems to be spilling into this year, as evidenced by a move lower in inventory to levels not seen in more than two years.
The FAA issued a Safety Alert For Operators (Safo) emphasizing the importance of proper tire maintenance. It discusses the potential consequences of improper tire pressure on aircraft while taxiing, taking off and landing.
Progress on design and parts fabrication are among the Learjet 85 development milestones Bombardier Aerospace highlighted at NBAA.
Crane Aerospace (Booth No. 2916) has received certification of its SmartStem wireless tire pressure system for the Bombardier Learjet 60 following an Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA in July.
The AD was the result of an investigation into a fatal 2008 Learjet 60 crash that the NTSB reported was caused by underinflated tires.
The new Raisbeck Engineering Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker is a centerpiece of the Raisbeck exhibit this year at the NBAA convention (Booth No. 7937). According to sales manager Tobin Shackelford, the locker is in the final stages of certification and the first units are expected to go into service in the first quarter 2011. The locker is incorporated into the lower aft fuselage.