New Premium Light Jet to Enter Service Q1, 04
Bombardier Aerospace has
marked the 40-year anniversary of the first flight of a Learjet
aircraft by winning regulatory approval for the latest addition to
its Bombardier Learjet family, the appropriately-designated
Bombardier Learjet 40.
This aircraft, a derivative of the pioneering Learjet 45 super
light jet, was awarded certification by the FAA on Friday, July 11,
2003, less than 11 months after the first flight of a Learjet 40 on
August 30, 2002.
"The Bombardier Learjet 40 bears the distinctive profile of the
Learjet family and it's fitting that it has been certified and will
enter service some 40 years after the first Learjet flew," said
Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Just like
its legendary predecessor, the Learjet 31A, the Learjet 40 is now
poised to take its place as today's premium light business
What'll she do, mister?
The Learjet 40 shares all major systems and benefits with the
proven -45, making it among the most technologically-advanced
aircraft in its class.
The Learjet 40 outperforms its
competitors in most significant categories. It offers fast cruise
speeds (Mach 0.81 high cruise), high altitude (51,000 ft)
capabilities, superior payload/range (1,857 nm with 4 PAX, 2 crew,
and IFR reserves -- or full fuel and seven PAX), complete loading
flexibility, among the largest cabin heights (4'11"), widths (5'1")
and volumes (363 cubic feet), more technologically advanced
avionics and systems, and the highest certification level (14 CFR
Part 25, Amendments 1 to 77) in its class.
"This aircraft continues our tradition in superior light jets
and the superior performance, speed and flexibility it offers
customers certainly makes the Learjet 40 an exciting addition to
our product line," he added. "It is simply one of the best light
jets ever produced -- and customers will begin experiencing these
benefits early next year when the Learjet 40 enters service as
The Learjet 40 will enter corporate service in the first quarter
of 2004, with both traditional operators and also with Bombardier's
Flexjet fractional ownership program, based in Dallas (TX).
Not easy -- it's never easy; but certification was
The program involved two flight test aircraft and several static
test articles. "Development and certification proceeded very
smoothly, allowing it to be the quickest Learjet to market since
that first Learjet 23," observed John Holding, executive
vice-president, engineering and product development, Bombardier
Aerospace. "There were no surprises, no major issues and the
authorities are clearly pleased with the aircraft. JAA
certification is expected in the first quarter of 2004."