Bombardier introduces new Learjet business aircraft

Montreal-based aerospace manufacturer says the planes have more powerful engines and reduce fuel consumption.

May 14, 2012   by The Canadian Press

GENEVA, Switzerland: Bombardier Aerospace is launching two Learjet planes next year that upgrade its smallest business aircraft with new avionics and more powerful fuel-saving engines.

The Montreal-based manufacturer announced the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 models Monday at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

The planes use the fuselage of the existing Learjet 40 and 45 but have more powerful engines and winglets that reduce fuel burn by up to 9%.

The aircraft also have a new cabin management system, interior cabin designs, new avionics, and lower operating costs, the company said.

The planes are expected to enter into service for the first half of 2013.

Bombardier, the world’s largest business aircraft manufacturer, said it has firm orders, letters of intent and other commitments for more than 50 aircraft.

The Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 have list prices of US$11.5 million and US$13 million respectively.

The planes will have a maximum range of more than 2,000 nautical miles and travel at a cruise speed of Mach 0.75, or 75% of the speed of sound.

The smaller Learjet 70 can carry six passengers and two crew members and the Learjet 75 up to eight passengers and two crew.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways announced letters of intent to buy 10 larger Global 7000 and 8000 business aircraft, worth about US$700 million.

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