October 15, 2009
Development of the Bombardier Learjet 85 aircraft continues on schedule for its announced entry into service date of 2013. Progress has been consistent and going as planned. With the joint definition exit phase at hand, we have completed two proof of concept fuselage sections as well as all wind tunnel testing. The systems design, installation and integration are on target, icing tunnel tests have begun, and we have established certification protocols with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Supplier selection is almost complete and we are engaging both our customers and suppliers via web conferences that provide program, product and manufacturing updates. What’s more, we will leverage composite wing development and assembly methodology from Bombardier’s C-Series aircraft technology. As we complete our first worldwide mock-up tour and mark the beginning of year two, we will feature a refreshed Learjet 85 interior at this year’s NBAA. The revised mock-up will show production design features based on customer input.
To ensure we meet your expectations, we are committed to providing ongoing communication via customer briefings, newsletters, website updates and focus group progress reports. With your feedback, together we have already made a number of significant advancements and modifications regarding the aircraft’s interior, maintenance aspects and the flight deck. Our goal is to ensure that we offer a new aircraft that is based on what our customers expect from a world-class business jet. Furthermore, we are already working on the entry into service plan for the Learjet 85 as well as the aftermarket strategy to ensure you benefit from the best possible service and support.
Creating the Learjet of tomorrow means making certain that every element of the aircraft rises to a higher standard. The new Learjet 85 four-pane windshield will ensure that reliability, ease of repair and maintenance are met. To make certain that pilots enjoy the best possible windshield viewing and design, the redesign was done in collaboration with our test pilots and ergonomics specialists – all while remaining true to the legendary look that made Learjet famous. This new windshield configuration will be presented at NBAA on the mock-up.
With a new host of color schemes and interior options from which to choose, the Learjet 85 aircraft cabin is truly inspiring. As such, you have the freedom and flexibility to create an environment built around your personal style. In addition, the newly designed three-place divan will provide the perfect complement to an interior of rare beauty.
The momentum and excitement continue to build at our world-class manufacturing facilities. Currently, we are expanding our production site in Querétaro where a new building is under construction. In addition, we are increasing our Wichita facilities in preparation for the final assembly and delivery of the Learjet 85 aircraft.
We look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead.
The aircraft is currently under development and the design and the design tolerances remain to be finalized and certified. The aircraft is subject to change during the course of the design, manufacture and certification process. The statements about performance, design, design tolerances and the images shown in this document are solely based on projections and forecasts and are subject to change without notice. All competitive data is based upon public information derived from third party sources. This document and the information contained herein does not constitute an offer, commitment, representation or warranty of any kind with respect to the aircraft. The actual configuration and performance of the aircraft shall be subject of a purchase agreement between the buyer and Learjet.